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Report Shows Health Care Homes Deliver Quality at Lower Cost

The first major evaluation of Minnesota’s Health Care Homes initiative was released last week, and it shows the program has already had success. A report by the Department of Health (MDH) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) shows that 43% of the state’s primary care clinics are now certified as health care homes. Additionally, a study released by the University of Minnesota at the same time indicates that these clinics reduced Medicaid costs and outperformed non-HCH clinics on quality.

MN Community Measurement developed the clinical quality measures used for this analysis, as well as collected and aggregated the data for analysis.

HCH clinics had better outcomes on measures related to cancer screening, asthma, diabetes, vascular care and depression between 2010 to 2012, according to the University’s study. The most significant differences were in asthma care, colorectal cancer screenings and optimal vascular care.

The HCH initiative was launched in 2008 and offers a team approach to primary care where providers, families and patients work in partnership to improve the health and quality of life for the patient. It particularly targets those with chronic and complex conditions. As of December 31, 2013, Minnesota has 322 certified HCH clinics serving about 353,000 Minnesotans last year.

See the full list of certified clinics here: