In a year, Hennepin Health improves care for poor, keeps costs down

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 12:04 AM

Innovative program serves poorest of the poor while keeping costs down.

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wildfoxMay. 17, 1311:12 PM

Excellent work!

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furguson11May. 18, 1312:49 AM

Finally, health care payments and profitability will be tied to long-term outcomes and health insurers and providers will be a greater part of comprehensive responses to social issues (CD,MH).

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ginny6May. 18, 13 3:29 AM

Absolutely, great job. Thanks

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merrytrareMay. 18, 13 9:02 AM

I'm happy that the healthcare system for the poor is also looking at the dental healthcare. That is a crucial part of a person's health, and too often overlooked. It should be included in all healthcare insurance.

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KepmeisterMay. 18, 13 9:39 AM

Saved a million dollars. How much extra was spent on new staff, salaries, office space?

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sblodenMay. 18, 1310:11 AM

It's great to see practical thinking, using a scientific method to test new ideas and decision making based on honestly collected data. Beats the pants off of politics any day. I think smart is the new politics in America!

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mylittleidMay. 18, 1310:53 AM

Kepmeister - "Saved a million dollars. How much extra was spent on new staff, salaries, office space?" --- Here's what the article says: As a result, the county has been able to reinvest more than $1 million in savings toward filling service gaps. That means they saved the money on primary care and re-invested it to provide better care. That is an example of good government we should praise, not protest.

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fentanylMay. 19, 1312:35 PM

MHP, the county HMO lost their Women and Children's contract because they cannot even do lead testing. The DHS website lists the millions of dollars that have been lost over the years by this poorly run HMO. The tax payers of Hennepin county should have shut down this money losing venture years ago!!!

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jcinmnMay. 20, 13 5:55 AM

fentanyl "MHP, the county HMO lost their Women and Children's contract because they cannot even do lead testing. The DHS website lists the millions of dollars that have been lost over the years by this poorly run HMO. The tax payers of Hennepin county should have shut down this money losing venture years ago!!!" fortunately we didn't . Now that Obama has freed us to be innovative we've started to turn this money loser around to clawback some of the Medicaid dollars that were lost due to a rigid, non-compormising system that Republicans like Shelly liked to point to as wasteful government spending on "America's non-redeemable poor".

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fentanylMay. 20, 13 5:37 PM

The medical center wanted to partner with Medica, not MHP. Did MHP ever pay back the 6 million dollars they borrowed from county coffers? Of course not! The recent million dollar loss on the MSHO program is another tax payer loss. Do the math. This county HMO has sucked about 10 million dollars out of the county over the last 5 years. Considering MHP's very low enrollment numbers, this is not a good value!

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