HealthPartners and Allina Hospitals & Clinics announced a long-term collaboration in the Minneapolis region that they hope will foster improvements in patient care and reduce healthcare costs.
HealthPartners, Allina plan long-term joint program
The seven-year collaboration, which is structured around the principles of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim program, hopes to reduce the total cost of care for the 170,000 patients affected by the new program, according to HealthPartners. The organizations will use payment incentives to encourage providers to achieve Triple Aim goals of improving population health, enhancing the patient experience and reducing per capita costs, said Babette Apland, senior vice president of health and care management for the insurer. “This is two care systems coming together to think as one,” she said.
HealthPartners's four clinics in Coon Rapids, Andover, Anoka and Elk River as well as Allina's Mercy Hospital and clinics in Champlin, Coon Rapids, Elk River and Ramsey will participate in the collaboration. The program—affecting 120 Allina and 40 HealthPartners medical providers—includes sharing health information to coordinate care while improving efficiency, safety and patient experiences. The project also includes activities among hospitals and clinics to coordinate care for patients with chronic illnesses.
By sharing information electronically, the collaboration is ensuring more efficient care and identifying areas of improvement, said Tom O'Connor, president of Mercy Hospital. “We should be able to target where the opportunities are.”
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