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hennepin health quarterly newsletter

 December 2017

From the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced and sought comment on a bold redesign of its purchasing and delivery strategies for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare. The proposed model will expand a demonstration of the Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) model, an initiative designed to reward providers who deliver improved health care outcomes in the seven-county metro area. It will also re-procure the managed care contracts for the same region. The goal is to let more providers participate and have more members to receive coordinated care.

Hennepin Health supports DHS’ vision in making accountable care the norm in Minnesota, and appreciates the department’s willingness to continue exploring ways to improve how the government pays and delivers care for Minnesotans enrolled in Medicaid and MinnesotaCare. Hennepin County and Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) leadership teams responded to DHS’ request for comment signaling our willingness to partner with them to design and implement this vision. We expect a request for proposal (RFP) to be issued in the first part of 2018.

The new demonstration will build upon the successful IHP model, which has served 460,000 Minnesotans, improved health care access and outcomes, reduced hospital admissions by 14 percent and saved the state nearly $213 million. But perhaps even more importantly, this purchasing strategy will provide Minnesotans enrolled in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare additional choice in how they receive health care and improve their health.

Wellness Wednesday Resource Fair a Hit!

Coat Drive With Marines

Hennepin Health’s November Wellness Wednesday was a big success with several vendors participating in the resource fair

  •  Life Wireless distributed smart phones to eligible members. For those members who weren’t eligible, they could apply for a free voicemail box number through Open Access Connections.
  •  HIV testing was offered by Turning Point, Inc. and Hennepin County’s Red Door.
  •  Hennepin Health distributed dental information and assisted members with scheduling appointments.

Over the last several weeks leading up to the Wellness Wednesday, Hennepin Health staff facilitated a coat drive, collecting new and gently used coats, blankets, hats, gloves and scarves. The Visitation of Montessori and the Marines also donated toward the cause, resulting in more than 200 items that were distributed to members.

And of course, a Wellness Wednesday wouldn’t be complete without treats! A special thanks to the Minneapolis Cookie Cart and Starbucks for their generous donations of cookies and muffins.

The next Wellness Wednesday will be held on December 27, 2017 at Hennepin Health, and the focus will be on social services resources.

Hennepin Health’s Walk-In Service Center is Temporarily Relocating

Hennepin Health is temporarily relocating its walk-in service center from January 22 through February 5 so members can still receive the services they need in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. With how close Hennepin Health is to the U.S. Bank Stadium, along with the fact that transportation will be limited downtown, Hennepin Health made the decision to have staff available at two more easily accessible locations:

HSD – Brookdale

Brookdale Regional Center

6125 Shingle Creek Parkway

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Suggested bus numbers: 19 & 22

HSD – Chemical and Mental Health Services

1800 Chicago Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55404

Suggested bus numbers: 2 & 14


  • Members will be able to receive continued assistance from their care guides, the community health workers and the social services navigation team.
  • Members who qualify for a bus pass will still be able to receive their pass either by stopping in at one of the temporary locations or reloading their pass over the phone.
  • At the Chicago Avenue location, members can receive chemical and behavioral health services by appointment; at the Brookdale location, members can receive human services, as well as WIC and child protection services.

If you have any questions about the walk-in service center’s temporary change in location, please call Hennepin Health Member Services at 612-596-1036.

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