Jennifer DeCubellis

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New approach to health care uses holistic model

 
Focus on wellness and prevention is the healthcare wave of the future 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

NorthPoint Health and Wellness, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health, Hennepin County Medical Center and Metropolitan Health Plan are partners in Hennepin Health, a local accountable care organization (ACO) pilot program that began last January. ACOs are alternate healthcare models, where groups of partners such as hospitals, clinics and physicians voluntary join together to serve a specific population. Its ultimate goal is to improve health care and reduce costs. The Hennepin Health model serves low-income single adults ages 21-64 without dependents living with them, with incomes at or below 75 percent of poverty. It started with 4,884 enrollees: Nearly 70 percent are people of color, and 60 percent either have some level of chemical dependency, mental health needs, chronic pain or unstable housing. Continue Reading →

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Healthcare project targets those with greatest need

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Hennepin County this month introduced a “patient-centered” pilot healthcare program designed to integrate medical, behavioral health, and human services for low-income individuals. Reduced healthcare costs are just one of the hoped-for outcomes. “It is really based on some previous work that has been done, trying to string together some systems in Hennepin County,” Area Director Jennifer DeCubellis told the MSR last week about the pilot program called Hennepin Health. Individuals aged 18 to 64 with no dependent children at home who live in Hennepin County, whose incomes are at or below 75 percent of the federal poverty rate, and who qualify for Medical Assistance, are the target population of the one-year funded program. Key elements of the program include: an integrated system of providers offering comprehensive care such as emergency, inpatient and outpatient services; accessible electronic health records to both the patient and members of his or her healthcare team; and a personalized care plan and designated healthcare team that includes medical, behavioral health, and human services professionals based on each patient’s unique needs. Continue Reading →

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