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Health Plan Collaboration for Performance Improvement Continues

Published Thursday, February 14, 2013

Stratis Health will continue to facilitate a collaborative of the eight Minnesota health plans to develop and implement joint performance improvement projects for public program populations.

Participating health plans implement new projects annually as a means to improve care for members and support care systems, care coordinators, and others in their efforts to provide quality care for members in Medicaid, Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO), Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+), and Special Needs Basic Care (SNBC). This work helps the health plans meet requirements of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Current joint projects focus on, blood pressure management for members with diabetes, colorectal cancer screening, spirometry testing, Chlamydia screening, reducing hospital readmissions, and a partnership with Minnesota HeadStart on empowering parents to make good decisions about how to care for their child when they are sick, and utilize health care resources effectively.

The eight health plans—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Itasca Medical Care, Medica, Metropolitan Health Plan, PrimeWest Health, South Country, and UCare—are contracting with Stratis Health to provide support and assistance to the health plans in developing, implementing, and evaluating each of these improvement initiatives.

"Minnesota health plans are to be commended for their commitment to working together to improve quality, which maximizes resources toward improved health and health care for their members and patients," said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, president and CEO, Stratis Health.

More information on the performance improvement projects is available at http://www.stratishealth.org/providers/healthplanpips.html

Stratis Health is firmly committed to accountability and transparency. As part of its commitment to public disclosure, the organization is issuing this news release to inform the community that it is taking steps to ensure there is no conflict of interest in its work with health plans.

Under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as the Quality Improvement Organization for Minnesota, Stratis Health reviews quality of care complaints from people insured by Medicare. The staff members doing this work have no responsibilities regarding the health plan collaboration and do not inform the collaborative staff of current investigations.