SIM Minnesota Monthly Update – June 2016

State Innovation Model (SIM) Updates

June 30, 2016

Accountable Community for Health Team Wins Award

The Morrison County Community Based Care Coordination Accountable Community for Health team received the Rural Health Team Award at the June 20-21 Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth. 

Upon receiving SIM funding early in 2015, the ACH formed a partnership to address the concern about narcotics use in the community. The ACH Controlled Substance Care Team works closely with providers and patients to deliver a high level of care that promotes wellness and safety, and the Prescription Drug Task Force furthers collaboration beyond the clinic and hospital setting. The project has been successful in helping more than 130 patients, saving $1.4 million in Medicaid funds, and reducing unnecessary emergency department visits through its community-wide efforts. On hand to receive the award were Kathy Lange, CHI St. Gabriel's Health Foundation Director; Kurt Devine, MD; Heather Bell, MD; Charlie Strack, Little Falls Police Department; Ann March, CHI St. Gabriel's Health; and Becky Kapsner, Horizon Health Services.

Grantee selected for Food Security award

The Minnesota Department of Human Services published an RFP to solicit proposals from qualified responders to demonstrate the impact on health costs and outcomes by connecting low-income Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) participants to food security services. The RFP had a particular focus on fulfilling the objectives of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model through programs such as Integrated Health Partnerships and Accountable Communities for Health.

Many of the most significant drivers of health and health care costs are outside of the scope of health care alone. Unmet health-related social needs, such as food insecurity and inadequate or unstable housing, may increase the risk of developing chronic conditions, reduce individuals' ability to manage chronic conditions, increase health care costs, and lead to avoidable health care utilization.

The $250,000 grant was awarded to Second Harvest Heartland, to implement a multi-pronged project that will accomplish the goals of the grant through the following:

  • Diabetes-focused healthy food provision, and patient education intervention and research study with Allina Health clinics in Cambridge, Coon Rapids, North Branch, and West St. Paul. The results of this intervention will be evaluated, and Second Harvest Heartland will share results and best practices.
  • Diabetes and lipid-metabolism disorder focused healthy food provision, patient education intervention and research study with CentraCare Family Health Center clinic in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
  • Prevention Health Desk (including integration of social determinants of health screenings into EMR) at CentraCare Family Health Center.
  • Establishment and expansion of electronic infrastructure to support identification and recruitment of food insecure families, in partnership with HCMC's Analytic Center of Excellence.

This project is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services in 2013 by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model.

Sharing information about SIM Programs

Details about SIM programs are packaged in three different types of communications.

Available on the Minnesota Accountable Health Model website, printable items include:

  1. Fact Sheets: A broad overview of SIM initiatives (i.e., ACHs, ACOs,)
  2. Success stories: Often specific to a grantee, success stories share the experiences of people impacted by SIM funded programs. 
  3. Program Summaries:  Showcase the work accomplished with SIM funding.

  • A NEW summary about Emerging Professions grantee, MVNA has been posted!

    Upcoming Task Force Meetings

    The next Minnesota Accountable Health Model task force meetings will be on September 21 at the Amherst H. Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul, MN 55104

    • Community Advisory Task Force, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    • Multi-Payer Alignment Task Force, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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