Hennepin Health reform
Hennepin County is reforming and integrating health care.
Greater efficiencies, better results
Hennepin Health is an innovative healthcare delivery program that was launched in January 2012. The program is a collaboration between Hennepin County Medical Center, NorthPoint Health and Wellness, Metropolitan Health Plan (MHP), and the Human Services and Public Health Department of Hennepin County.
Hennepin Health takes a holistic view of healthcare. In addition to focusing on a member’s medical concerns, Hennepin Health also considers a member’s social and behavioral health needs. Members receive care from a coordinated care delivery team. Other innovative features of the program include a common electronic health record and tiered care that is based upon a member’s identified needs.
Serving people with multiple needs
Hennepin Health serves adults in Hennepin County who are earning at or below 75 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline (133 percent as of January 1, 2014) and who do not otherwise qualify for Medical Assistance. Members of Hennepin Health fit these demographics: single adult, ages 21-64, no dependent children. A Hennepin Health candidate might also be jobless, homeless, have chemical addiction or mental health problems, and be socially isolated.
Aiming to improve integrated care
Hennepin Health seeks to deliver timely, individualized, and comprehensive care. In addition, the program aims to decrease unnecessary crisis care expenditures (e.g. emergency department visits, inpatient admission visits) by focusing on primary care and preventative services.
Since its inception in January 2012, the rate of Hennepin Health member emergency department visits and inpatient admissions has declined. By avoiding costly acute care and improving quality, the program has been able to invest resources into new initiatives — such as a supported vocational services program and a proposed sobering center — that fill medical, social, and behavioral health gaps within Hennepin County. These “reinvestment initiatives” are expected to yield cost savings in the future.