Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MN Developing Demo

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) on March 23, 2011 issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the future “Health Care Delivery Systems Demonstration Project”. The demonstration project is going to create a structure for provider organizations to voluntarily contract with DHS to care for Minnesota Health Care Program patients.

The demonstration will work with both fee-for-service and managed care patients under a payment model and will hold organizations accountable for the cost-of-care and quality of services. DHS seeks input on the definition of the payment model, performance measures, and other program rules.

DHS plans to implement demonstration projects in different parts of the state and across different models of care delivery in order to integrate healthcare with mental health providers, safety net providers, and social service agencies whenever possible. The project will include clear incentives for quality of care and targeted savings and will result in increased competition in the marketplace through direct contracting with providers.

DHS is in the process of holding webinars and other meetings to gain input on the RFI and to discuss the future Request for Proposal (RFP) that will be released in May 2011.

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