|[February 15, 2017]
Allina Health, HealthPartners Extend Partnership in Northwest Metro
Allina Health and HealthPartners are extending a partnership called the
Northwest Metro Alliance. The alliance serves more than 300,000 patients
in Anoka County and southern Sherburne County. The patients have
HealthPartners or Medicaid insurance and receive care at the five Allina
Health Clinics and four HealthPartners clinics in the community and at
Mercy Hospital with its affiliated specialists. This extension carries
the partnership through 2019.
"The Northwest Metro Alliance has been a success for patients, and for
the partners because it created a framework for collaboration that
allows us to address the health challenges of the community. The
Northwest Metro Alliance is a learning lab for a new and unique care
model - and we truly need new care models - that focus on delivering
care of the highest quality and value," said Penny Wheeler M.D.,
president and CEO of Allina Health.
When it began in 2010, the Northwest Metro Alliance was one of the first
demonstrations of an accountable care organization in the region. It was
formed by HealthPartners and Allina Health as an innovative, local
solution to address health concerns and have a positive impact on the
cost of care in the community.
From prevention to end of life care, numerous programs have been
implemented that are proving to make a difference, including costs,
which are now equal to or lower than the metro average. Some examples
Increasing the availability of appointments for mental health care in
a variety of settings.
Offering faster, more reliable emergency chest pain testing to reduce
preventable hospital admissions. This avoided $4 million per year in
Improving the transition from hospital-to-home, reducing preventable
readmissions by over 20 percent.
Sharing electronic health information to coordinate care, improve
efficiency and reduce duplicate services.
A payment model that rewards quality, patient experience and
total-cost-of-care rather than paying for individual services.
More details are included in this
"This partnership was he first of its kind in our region to coordinate
the resources of two organizations to achieve the Triple Aim," said Mary
Brainerd (News - Alert), president and CEO of HealthPartners. "We're pleased to be able
to build on the work of the past seven years to improve care, provide an
outstanding experience and make care more affordable for the patients we
About Allina Health
Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and
enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities
throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care
system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life
through its 90+
pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services
that provide home
oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency
medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.
Founded in 1957, HealthPartners is the
largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the
nation. The organization is dedicated to improving health and well-being
in partnership with members, patients and the community, and provides a
full-range of health care delivery and health plan services including
insurance, administration and health and well-being programs.
HealthPartners serves more than 1.8 million medical and dental health
plan members nationwide. The care system includes more than 1,700
physicians, seven hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 22 urgent care
locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western
Wisconsin. HealthPartners Clinic, Park Nicollet Clinic, Lakeview Health,
Physicians Neck & Back Center, TRIA Orthopaedic Center and virtuwell.com
are all part of HealthPartners. In addition, HealthPartners Dental Group
has more than 60 dentists and 23 dental clinics. HealthPartners also
provides medical education and conducts research through HealthPartners
Institute. For more information, visit healthpartners.com.
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