April 4, 2011

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DHS launches website for managed care health contracting information
Proceeds with public meetings for alternative, innovative care models

All public information about managed care plans that contract with the state to provide health care for enrollees in public programs is now available at www.dhs.state.mn.us/ManagedCareReporting. The website, established by the Department of Human Services (DHS) under a March 23 executive order from Gov. Mark Dayton, includes all public data and reports related to managed care plan contracts.

“Minnesotans deserve full disclosure of how their taxpayer dollars are spent for health care,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “This website provides that information in a one-stop shop. You can look up what DHS paid to each of the eight managed care plans over a calendar year. If you want more information, other documents show the net gain or loss experienced by each plan, how much each plan spent on administration and many other details.”

Jesson said additional information will be posted in the coming months and encouraged users to submit suggestions and feedback. “We want to make this a user-friendly tool,” she said. 

The state contracts with managed care plans to provide health care services to more than 500,000 Minnesotans enrolled in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare at cost of approximately $3 billion annually. The website includes information on quality of care, financial data, contracting and reports by state agencies.

Along with launching the website, Jesson said DHS has begun a request for proposals (RFP) process to develop alternative, innovative ways to provide health care. It will reward providers who work directly with people to improve their health.

DHS issued a request for information that will, along with an opportunity for public input, be used to develop a formal RFP to be issued in late May. The department is also hosting a webinar Thursday and meetings Friday and April 15 to gather public input on various aspects of the RFP.

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This information also is available on the DHS website: www.dhs.state.mn.us.


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