Minnesota Department of Health: U of M to release evaluation of clinic-based health care reform initiative

Minnesota Department of Health
U of M to release evaluation of clinic-based health care reform initiative

Event
Health Care Homes Evaluation News Conference

Date/Time
February 9, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location
Minnesota Department of Health, Orville Freeman Building, Room 149, 625 Robert Street North, St Paul, MN 55164. Parking available at surface lot on the east side of the LRT tracks at E. 14th Street and Robert Street. Teleconference: 888-742-5095, Conference Code: 1551310258
Participants

* Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Ed Ehlinger
* University of Minnesota researchers, Douglas Wholey and Michael Finch
* Nurse practitioner with Southlake Pediatrics, Maria McGannon
* Health care home parent partner and mother of a child with special needs, Lisa Hoffman Wojcik

Background
Currently, about 3.6 million Minnesotans receive care at clinics that have voluntarily sought health care home certification. At the news conference, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health will release a Legislatively mandated evaluation of the health care homes initiative. The researchers will report on how health care home clinics stack up in terms of quality of care and health care costs compared to other Minnesota clinics.

Minnesota’s health care homes initiative is a joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Primary care clinics voluntarily meet set standards to be certified as health care homes and are then eligible to receive care coordination payments. The initiative was launched as part of Minnesota’s 2008 Health care Reform Act and is a key component of Minnesota’s efforts to improve primary care.

Media contacts:
MDH Communications
Scott Smith
651-201-5806
scott.smith@state.mn.us

Matt DePoint
University of Minnesota Academic Health Center
612-803-1518

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