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Minnesota Value Based Purchasing. Susan McDonald Health Care Purchasing Coordinator Minnesota Department of Human Services Director Governor’s Health Cabinet P.O. Box 64998 St. Paul, MN 55164-0998. Background: Governor’s Health Cabinet . State government working as a team:

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minnesota value based purchasing

MinnesotaValue Based Purchasing

Susan McDonald

Health Care Purchasing Coordinator

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Director Governor’s Health Cabinet

P.O. Box 64998

St. Paul, MN 55164-0998

background governor s health cabinet
Background:Governor’s Health Cabinet
  • State government working as a team:
    • 5 agencies regulating or purchasing health care
    • Purchases health care for 800,000 Minnesotans, 20% of population
    • Engaged in array of private-public alliances and partnerships to create a value driven health care market.

Mission Statement:

Take on the state’s health care costs issues by using its buying power to make substantive changes to Minnesota’s health care market.

minnesota model to value driven health care
Minnesota Model to Value Driven Health Care
  • Value vs. Volume
    • Volume = Number of office visits, procedures, hospital admissions x price
    • Value = Access + Service + Outcome Price / Time
  • Transparency of price and quality
  • Electronic information exchange
  • Improving health status of Minnesotans
  • Engage consumers- Engage consumers- Engage consumers
minnesota advantage plan
Minnesota Advantage Plan

Tiered health benefits plan for state employees

Clinic systems placed into 1 of 4 cost level

Based on risk adjusted costs and collective bargaining

Risk adjustment -- apples to apples comparisons

If a higher cost level provider is selected, the user pays more at the point of service

Higher copays, deductible, coinsurance

Quality information provided via links to MN Community Measurement website


advantage s key features
Advantage’s key features

Information and incentives:

Employees and families to choose high quality, high value providers

Providers to deliver greater value, or lose market share

Use health care wisely and protect/improve health

Saved $30M+ in first year!


advantage how it works

Self-funded program

Multiple health plan administrators are used to:

Negotiate provider contracts and manage network

Perform core functions such as claims adjudication

Monthly Cost

Premium is the same for all provider groups and administrators

When members elect a more expensive cost level, they pay greater cost sharing each time they receive services

Advantage – How it Works


recognition received
Recognition Received

“Innovations” Award by the Council of State Government - 2004


premium trends
Premium Trends
  • 2006 – 0% - Lost $20M to premium holiday
  • 2007 – 9.9%
  • 2008 – 6.7% - Lost $16M to HRA
  • 2009 – 3.5%
  • 2010 – 0%
  • 2011 – 6.7% - Lost $8M to HRA
partnering with the private sector smart buy alliance
Partnering with the Private Sector “Smart Buy” Alliance
  • Minnesota Smart Buy Alliance was created to:
    • Define the reason for the gap between cost and quality
    • Focus purchaser efforts to common market signal
    • No more cost shifting between buyers; rather use buying power to effect change across entire market
  • Use common principles and goals in buying health care
    • Require or reward “best in class” certification
    • Adopt uniform measures of quality and results
    • Require the latest information technology
    • Empower consumers with easy access to information
minnesota s health care environment
Minnesota’s Health Care Environment
  • One of the lowest # of uninsured in nation – 7.2%
  • Healthiest state in nation 4 of last 5 years
  • Most state-wide tools in marketplace
  • Most use of health savings accounts – 9.2%
  • Most purchase of LTC insurance – 10%
  • (over 50 years)
  • More integrated systems (hospitals & clinics)
  • More primary care physicians / citizen
  • More employer sponsored insurance
  • Not for profit HMO’s
  • Collaborative history
tools needed to get us where we are today minnesotahealthinfo org
ICSI Tools Needed to Get Us Where We Are Today [minnesotahealthinfo.org]

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement – private sector developed standards and practice guidelines

Measurement and reporting of quality and price information


Measurement of health plan performance

Common standards of payment

Peer grouping of providers + centers of excellence

As market driver

Convenience and employer clinics, alternate care, navigators

  • MN Community Measurement
  • Adverse Event
  • eValue8
  • QCare / P4P
  • Tiered plans
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Disruptive providers
connecting the consumer to the tools
Connecting the Consumer to the Tools!

Electronic Information Exchange

  • Minnesota HIT Goals
    • E-prescribing for all providers, plans, pharmacies by 2011
    • Uniform administrative transaction required by 2009
    • Interoperable electronic health records by 2015
    • Governor Pawlenty initiative to provide personal health portfolios for all state employees by 2009, all Minnesotans by 2011
minnesota hit environment
Minnesota HIT Environment
  • Minnesota Health Information Exchange
    • Vision is to link providers to exchange clinical information in a secure and efficient way
    • Includes private partners and DHS as an investor
    • Launched in fall 2008 with Rx history
    • Discussions with technology partners to connect the consumer and physician
the minnesota e health initiative
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative

A public-private collaboration established in 2004

  • Legislatively chartered
  • Coordinates and recommends statewide policy on e-health
  • Develops and acts on statewide e-health priorities
  • Reflects the health community’s strong commitment to act in a coordinated, systematic and focused way

“Vision: … accelerate the adoption and effective use of Health Information Technology to improve healthcare quality, increase patient safety, reduce healthcare costs, and enable individuals and communities to make the best possible health decisions.”

Source: e-Health Initiative Report to the MN Legislature, January 2004

the value equation
The Value Equation

Value = Access + Service + Outcome Price / Time

  • Health IT
    • Interoperability
    • Clinical exchange –MnHIE
    • Patient control/owned health information- life long personal health records
the tipping point
Giving consumers the information necessary for creating a health life!


Family Health History

Family Health Management and Support

Medical Providers


Health Monitoring Devices

Financial Management

Social Networking

Search for Information

Health Benefits

Health Assessment

Biometric Screening

Disease Management

And much more….

The Tipping Point: