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Northwest Alliance receives ACH grant

MINNEAPOLIS 12/04/2014

A program that is part of an Allina Health, HealthPartners accountable care organization is receiving a $370,000 grant funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The grant is part of funding awarded to Minnesota to test new ways of delivering and paying for health care.

The grant will expand services provided by the Northwest Metro Healthy Student Partnership, a project of the Northwest Metro Alliance to improve the health of Anoka-Hennepin high school students. Funding will increase access to screening, follow-up care and health promotion for a variety of social and physical issues that can affect academic performance.

"I am pleased we will now have new and important resources available to help our students maintain physical and mental health that we know is so important for learning," said Jeff McGonigal, associate superintendent of High Schools with the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

The Northwest Metro Healthy Student Partnership was initiated by the Northwest Metro Alliance, a partnership of Allina Health and HealthPartners.

"Focusing on high school student health is another example of how the Northwest Metro Alliance is working to achieve the triple aim of improving population health, delivering excellent experience and making care more affordable," said Nance McClure, chief operating officer at HealthPartners.

In addition, partners in the North Metro Healthy Student Partnership include: Alexandra House, Anoka County Public Health, Anoka-Hennepin School District, Headway Emotional Health Services, YMCA and various other community organizations.

"This is a great opportunity for us to come together and work on improving our health and the quality of health care in Northwest Metro of the Twin Cities," said Sara Criger, president of Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health.

Minnesota's State Innovation Model selected the Northwest Metro Healthy Student Partnership as one of 12 Accountable Communities for Health to receive part of a $45 million federal grant. The state is testing ways to promote health and improve health care by strengthening clinical and community partnerships.

Accountable care is a new model that uses value-based payment arrangements, community and provider collaboration, care coordination, population health measurement, management and evaluation and integration across provider settings. The goal is to improve health in communities, provide better care and lower health care costs.

Launched in 2010, the Northwest Metro Alliance focuses on making care more affordable and improving the health and experience of people who live in Anoka County and southern Sherburne County and receive care at five Allina Health clinics, four HealthPartners Clinics and Mercy Hospital.

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