10 Health Centers in Minnesota Form Safety-Net Medicaid ACO

Ten federally qualified health centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., have signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to improve care quality and reduce the cost of care for Medicaid beneficiaries in the Twin Cities.

The coalition, called the Federally Qualified Health Center Urban Health Network, will be responsible for meeting quality and cost benchmarks set by DHS and can share in any achieved savings.

FUHN is one of the nation's first safety-net accountable care organizations, according to the news release. It is part of Minnesota's Medicaid Health Care Delivery System demonstration project, a payment reform effort that strives to improve Medicaid outcomes and reduce costs by integrating and coordinating care.

The safety-net ACO will cover about 22,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. Ninety-four percent of the patient population has incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, according to the report.

The 10 FUHN member organizations are:
Axis Medical Center (Minneapolis)
Community-University Health Care Center (Minneapolis)
Indian Health Board of Minneapolis
Native American Community Clinic (Minneapolis)
Neighborhood HealthSource (Minneapolis)
Open Cities Health Center (St. Paul)
People's Center Health Services (Minneapolis)
Southside Community Health Services (Minneapolis)
United Family Medicine (St. Paul)
West Side Community Health Services (St. Paul)

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