SW Minn. health partnership achieves $4 million in savings
WILLMAR -- An integrated health partnerships demonstration project by Southern Prairie Community Care achieved $4 million in savings in 2014 while managing care for the Medicaid population in 12 participating counties.
WILLMAR - An integrated health partnerships demonstration project by Southern Prairie Community Care achieved $4 million in savings in 2014 while managing care for the Medicaid population in 12 participating counties.
Altogether, the 16 provider groups working with the Minnesota Department of Human Services on this accountable care initiative reaped $61.5 million in savings.
“This initiative is improving our public health care program while bringing costs down,” said Lucinda Jesson, commissioner of the Department of Human Services.
Jesson said the department wants to expand the integrated health partnerships so that more Minnesotans on Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can benefit from the innovative approaches being tried to improve health while lowering costs.
Plans were announced in June to extend the project and comparable value-based reforms to half of all Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollees - about 500,000 individuals - by the end of 2018.
Southern Prairie Community Care was involved in managing care for 18,000 Medicaid enrollees in 2014.
Efforts have been focused on a comprehensive approach and greater collaboration in care.
Southern Prairie Community Care’s share of the savings last year will be distributed among a provider member network that includes area hospitals, clinics, mental health providers, health and human service agencies and various community-based providers throughout the 12-county area.
Counties in the collaboration are Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Redwood, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine.