Minnesota leaders say their state is well positioned for healthcare reform's focus on new payment models, ramped-up quality reporting and collaborative approaches to care.
“I think we're ahead of the game,” said Lucinda Jesson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Jesson was a panelist at the May 31 event, held at the University of Minnesota, which included a keynote address by Dr. Robert Berenson, senior fellow at the Urban Institute.
Much of the session centered on preparation for the ACA's “game changers,” such as patient-centered medical home models and dual-eligible programs, Jesson said.
Minnesota began looking closely at payment reform as far back as 2007, and the state started implementing a patient-centered medical home program in 2010. The state's private insurers also took an active interest early on in alternate payment models, she added.