Allina Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Commit to Landmark Value-Based Contract in Minnesota

SoutherMinn reports..

Following more than a year of collaboration and planning, Allina Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced a six-year, value-based payment agreement between the two organizations, which collectively serve a significant percentage of Minnesotans. Allina Health performs more than 6 million patient visits per year, while approximately one in three residents in the state have coverage through Blue Cross. The agreement is designed to provide enhanced value for Blue Cross members while fostering even more high-quality care and healthy outcomes that Allina Health is well-known for across the state.

This is something the started before the pandemic, but COIVD escalated the need.

Impact on patient…

The rewards placed on additional preventive and coordinated care were designed to maximize the time available for building doctor-patient relationships, streamlining the care delivery experience and simplifying administrative requirements. Both organizations believe that such an emphasis is necessary to foster more proactive and preventive care, and catalyze work to reduce the unacceptably high rates of health disparities across our community.

Impact on health care facilities…

An increasingly popular alternative in health care contracts, value-based agreements can maintain the historic levels of revenue for a health care system, but with larger payment portions for optimal patient outcomes and quality of care. By de-emphasizing the reliance on  payments for each health care service delivered, providers can be protected from loss of revenue during periods of reduced volume – such as the recent pause on scheduled procedures during the pandemic – while still maintaining access to care for the broader community through long-term health initiatives.

Impact on telehealth…

The pandemic rapidly increased the adoption of telehealth, as in-person care options were curtailed for the safety of providers and patients. Part of succeeding in value-based models is the ability to provide care at the most appropriate time and place. Providers and patients are increasingly comfortable with expanded options for giving and receiving care, and this agreement will allow the expansion of these options to continue in a sustainable way.

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