SIM Minnesota Monthly Update – July 2016

State Innovation Model (SIM) Updates

July 29, 2016

ACH Testifies at Congressional Staff Briefing

The Morrison County Community Based Care Coordination Accountable Community for Health team was the featured presenter at a Congressional Staff Briefing.

The Morrison County Community Based Care Coordination Accountable Community for Health (ACH) shared their success in addressing narcotics use in the Little Falls community at a July 12 Congressional Staff Briefing scheduled by Congressman Richard M. Nolan of Minnesota's 8th District. The team, including two clinician champions and a representative from local law enforcement, spoke about their work before a standing-room-only audience of Congressional staffers from all states and three Senate offices.

Working closely with providers and patients to deliver a high level of care that promotes wellness and safety, the project has been successful in helping more than 130 patients and saving $1.4 million in Medicaid funds. The project is led by CHI St. Gabriel's in Little Falls and has a wide range of community partners including local pharmacies, law enforcement, schools, county social services and public health, long-term care, and the county attorney's office.

The presentation prompted many questions from session participants and Congressman Nolan expressed interest in finding further support for the project.

The invitation to share their program details followed being honored at the June 2016 Minnesota Rural Health Conference with the Rural Health Team Award.  Full Story.


The team from Minnesota representing the Morrison County ACH included Jason McDonald, Morrison County drug investigator; Heather Bell, MD, St. Gabriel’s; Kurt Devine, MD, St. Gabriel’s Health; Rhonda Buckallew, Clinic Administrator, St. Gabriel’s Health; Lee Boyles, President, St. Gabriel’s Health; and Kathy Lange, CHI St. Gabriel's Health Foundation Director.

Request for Proposals for Additional PHR Community Collaboratives

Now that one PHR Community Collaborative is in place, the State is requesting proposals from qualified responders to a Request for Proposals for Additional PHR Community Collaboratives to demonstrate an electronic Personal Health Record (PHR) for Minnesota beneficiaries of Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) funded by Medical Assistance (MA), and to participate in pilot execution and evaluation of a nationally developed electronic LTSS (e-LTSS) standard. The demonstration is funded by a federal Testing Experience and Functional Tools (TEFT) grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • Download a copy of the Request for Proposals (PDF) here on or after July 18, 2016.
  • Download the Detailed Business Requirements and Budget Forms (XLSX) workbook (available online) on or after July 18, 2016.
  • A Responder’s Conference Webinar will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Check the RFP for details on how to attend.
  • Responders’ questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing prior to 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, August 15, 2016 to as instructed in the RFP. Answers will be provided in writing on this web page no later than August 19, 2016.

Equity in Action Engagement Summit

The State Innovation Model is sponsoring a day-long forum on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul.​

​This summit brings community members, health and human service providers, administrators, and policy makers together to connect health care systems, community health and health equity in all policy's efforts. Through intentional discussion and interaction, participants will leverage partnerships that demonstrate impact.

The forum begins at 8:30 am with breakfast and concludes at 4:30 pm.  There is no cost to attend but registration is required.  Registration information will be available soon.  

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.

    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.

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