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MINNEAPOLIS 05/05/2015

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) demonstration. Institute officials confirmed they recently signed a contract to join the demonstration, which strives to deliver higher quality and lower costs through innovative approaches to both health care and payment.

"It is our hope that this Integrated Health Partnership over time will transform traditional care delivery for people with disabilities and complex medical conditions who are on Minnesota Health Care programs," said David Slowinske, vice president of Operations for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Under the contract, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute intends to work in partnership with DHS to shift health care financing in a way that optimizes health of people with disabilities. This includes recognizing the imperative to integrate the medical and non-medical services needed by this often expensive and underserved population.

"Courage Kenny hopes to work with the Department of Human Services to address the line that often separates what is reimbursable from what is needed," said Slowinske.

For Institute patients and clients it will include disability-competent primary care and specialty services; high-touch care management; creative engagement strategies; and a blend of clinical, community, and in-home services. On the financial end, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute will continue to advocate that care models move away from fee-for-service toward payment for outcomes and management of a total budget that includes acute and post-acute, medical and social services.

"Customization of appropriate payment models and risk adjustment for this population has not been a priority for most insurers or policymakers. That's why evaluating both efficiency and effectiveness of this model will be critical to determining its success for individuals, providers and programs," said Slowinske.

"People with disabilities want to be active and contributing members of their communities. They also want to be active, engaged partners in their care process," said Linda E. Krach, MD, president, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. "For some, this will mean measureable health improvements; for others, it will help them remain healthy and medically stable. For payers and providers, it can mean significantly lower health care costs over time. We look forward to working with the State of Minnesota on this critical innovation," she said.

About Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute 

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has multiple locations, and numerous programs and services. For more information visit

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