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Southern Prairie Community Care receives state innovation grant

Minnesota's State Innovation Model has selected Southern Prairie Community Care as one of 12 Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) to receive grant funds that will support efforts to promote health and improve health care by strengthening clin...

Minnesota’s State Innovation Model has selected Southern Prairie Community Care as one of 12 Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) to receive grant funds that will support efforts to promote health and improve health care by strengthening clinical and community partnerships.

Accountable Communities for Health are a new approach for improving health and health care. Minnesota is testing this model as part of its $45 million State Innovation Model grant from the federal government. Research shows that communities impact individuals’ health and that keeping a person healthy, especially one with complex chronic conditions, often requires community support and a team of clinical and community providers working together.

“This is a great opportunity for us to come together and work on improving our health and the quality of health care in southwest Minnesota,” Mary Fischer, Southern Prairie Community Care executive director, said in a statement.

Southern Prairie Community Care was awarded a $370,000 grant. Partners in the accountable community for health include hospitals, clinics, mental health centers and health and human service agencies within a 12-county area, as well as community-based service providers.

Member counties in Southern Prairie Community Care are Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Redwood, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine.

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To test the model, teams from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Human Services selected communities with different levels of experience at providing accountable care. Key components of accountable care include value-based payment arrangements, community and provider collaboration, care coordination, population health measurement, management and evaluation and integration across provider settings.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) awarded Minnesota a State Innovation Model testing grant of over $45 million to use across a three-year period ending in December 2016. As a joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Human Services with support from Gov. Mark Dayton’s office, Minnesota is using the grant money to test new ways of delivering and paying for health care using the Minnesota Accountable Health Model framework. The goal of this model is to improve health in communities, provide better care and lower health care costs.

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