Improving the Quality of Health Care Delivery
Today, the health care system rewards volume, such as more and more procedures, instead of value. This means patients may go through lots of duplication in tests and office visits, with little coordination. Inefficiency can be frustrating for patients, doesn’t improve care, and adds to escalating health care costs. Minnesota has led the nation in beginning to address these problems by rewarding health care providers for keeping patients healthy and providing better care at lower cost. Health reform keeps the state on this path by reducing unnecessary paperwork, providing incentives for better care at lower cost, and coordinating care around patient needs. Together, these changes bring Minnesotans more value for their health care dollars.
Better Health Made Easy - A health care home is a primary care clinic that puts you at the center of your care. About 2 million Minnesota's are cared for by clinics certified as health care homes by the Minnesota Department of Health.
Better Health Care at Lower Cost - Health reform keeps Minnesota on the path to better value for our health care dollars.
Electronic Health Records - Electronic health records are simplifying administrative processes improve care and lower costs.
- How can I find health care providers that provide high-quality, lower cost services?
Minnesota Health Information provides resources and data on the cost and quality of care for providers, health plans, and other components of health care.
- I have heard the term “accountable care organizations.” What are these?
Accountable care organizations (ACO) are a model for paying for and delivering health care that pays providers based on the quality of care they provide and the total cost of care. Health systems in Minnesota have been developing ACO models for several years and they now have the opportunity to use the model with Medicare patients through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Health reform created this Center which has broad authority to try new payment and care delivery models that improve health care quality and decrease cost, including ACOs.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is also exploring how an ACO model could be used to improve care and bring down costs for enrollees in the state’s Medicaid program beginning in 2012.
- How does a Health Care Home work?
A health care home is a primary care clinic that can help you with all of your health care needs, from preventative care and common illnesses to emergency care and chronic medical conditions. A health care home is designed to help you meet all of your health care needs, connecting you to specialists, health care services, and support in your community. With a health care home, you are at the center of your care and your care is coordinated around you and your medical decisions.
- How does health reform increase the availability of health care homes in Minnesota?
Minnesota’s health care home program began in 2007 and has been growing ever since. The Affordable Care Act provides additional opportunities to increase the number of health care homes in Minnesota by providing incentives for clinics and providers to participate in the program.