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Minnesota's Health Care Delivery and Payment Reforms

Minnesota's landmark health reform legislation enacted in 2008 includes a number of provisions to make health care delivery more efficient and reduce costs. In a report from The Commonwealth Fund and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), researchers provide a window into the state's efforts to transform care delivery and offer insights for other states and for federal officials charged with implementing national health reform. Authors Anne Gauthier and Ann Cullen say Minnesota's reforms lay the foundation for an expansion of the "accountable care" model of fully integrated and coordinated health care delivery. As demonstrations of accountable care organizations proceed under the new health reform law, Minnesota, the authors say, will serve as an "excellent testing ground."

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