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One-of-a-kind Minnesota nursing home payment program promotes overall quality


Mon, Sep 16th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A one-of-a-kind Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) program that provides nursing homes additional payment for quality improvement projects shows promise for encouraging overall nursing home quality improvement, according to a study published this month in the journal Health Affairs.



Researchers analyzed the impact that the Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) has had on care quality in participating nursing homes. The only program of its kind in the nation, PIPP supports nursing homes, individually or in collaboration with other nursing homes, in taking initiative to identify their specific problems, using evidence-based solutions and evaluating outcomes.



Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, for example, has been involved in projects targeting falls reduction, intense training and coaching in compassionate care and improving the quality of life for residents with hearing loss. Other nursing homes have focused on appropriate use of psychotropic drugs, reduced incontinence, improved mobility, better skin care, fewer hospitalizations and increased discharges from facilities to community settings.



DHS has been moving increasingly towards making the quality of services provided a key element of its payments. In the last two years DHS has used this strategy across the department, including its new Medicaid ACOs, long term care services and with child care providers. Nursing facility quality measures are available in the Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card.



“We know from our own reports that this performance incentive program has improved care and patient experience at participating nursing homes,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said. “This outside finding confirms that creating incentives through payment raises the quality of services.”



The study looked at four rounds of PIPP funding from October 2007 to October 2010 for 66 projects at 174 facilities. Nursing facilities contract with DHS to earn time-limited performance incentive payments of up to 5 percent of their operating payment rate. PIPP combines a $6.7 million state share of Medicaid with an equal federal match and private-pay nursing home resources for total funding of $18 million each year. Since it started in 2006, PIPP has supported 102 projects involving 225 facilities.



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Bloodmobile in Harmony on September 24

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. T ..... 
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MNsure Offers Low Rates and Help Paying for Health Insurance

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure announced today that consumers can expect competitive rates and an array of quality coverage options through MNsure, Minnesota’s new health insurance marketplace. Premiums for plans on MNsure are some of the lowest in the c ..... 
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Suicide Prevention Day: Time to remember there is help for those who need it

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As World Suicide Prevention Day is observed this Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Minnesota Department of Human Services reminds Minnesotans of resources available to people in despair and their friends and family members. “Every life lost to suicide is a ..... 
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Additional services and more healthcare providers at Rushford Clinic

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Winona Health has added services at their Rushford Clinic and welcomed several new healthcare providers. “Healthcare organizations everywhere are finding it challenging to recruit healthcare providers for smaller, rural communities,” said Mart ..... 
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Report Shows Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center Excels in Treatment for Depression

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

An independent researcher recently reported that Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center significantly exceeded state averages in the treatment of depression. The report was released by Minnesota HealthScores, an independent, non-profit organization dedic ..... 
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Department of Human Services expands role of MNsure In-Person Assisters

Mon, Aug 19th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Today the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced that in-person assistance will be available to help MinnesotaCare enrollees get low-cost or free health care coverage through MNsure's In-Person Assister program. In-Person Assisters are comm ..... 
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Correction

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

In the August 5 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, the Red Cross reported that the Spring Valley, Minn. Blood Drive would take place on August 22 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church. It will actually take place at the Spring Valley C ..... 
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Care to Help Older Minnesotans?

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Share your expertise by assisting older Minnesotans makes informed decisions about health insurance and community resource options. Volunteers are being sought to provide non-biased information and help in completing forms for health care, prescript ..... 
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