All Minnesotans should have access to health care coverage and receive high quality care. We believe in:
- High standards of quality care
- Broad access to health care coverage and services
- Affordable health care
- A climate that facilitates improvement in quality, access and affordability.
QUALITY: Make evidenced-based medicine the standard for health care, advance quality and transparency to improve outcomes, eliminate errors, reduce costs, and help consumers make informed health care choices.
- All Minnesotans receive evidence-based health care. Consumers should expect to receive quality care based on the scientific evidence. Health plans will promote the use practice guidelines for the most common conditions. Health plans, providers, and consumers need to be partners in managing chronic disease, and in employing the best safety practices across all settings.
- Health plans recognize and support providers for good outcomes. Health plans should pay providers for performance on key quality outcomes. The performance of medical groups, hospitals and health plans in achieving six quality aims should be publicly available (e.g. patient-centered, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and safe). MN Community Measurement will serve public and private purchasers as a means to measure quality improvement.
- Consumers have the information and motivation to lead a healthy life. Health is an asset to be managed, requiring both individual and community accountability. Government and health plans should offer health promotion and disease prevention resources, and should offer incentives to individuals and communities to support and encourage healthy lifestyles.
UNIVERSAL COVERAGE: Use targeted strategies to ensure all Minnesotans have access through public or private coverage and support for a strong public health infrastructure.
- All Minnesotans have health care coverage. Access to quality, affordable health care should be accomplished through a public/private partnership. Health plans can provide coverage and will work with government to meet its obligations to ensure access. Consumers should be given choices on coverage options.
- Health Plans should work with government and health care providers to improve health status, reduce disparities, and improve the mental health system. The government has the lead role and accountability to fund and ensure public health and to provide a health care safety net. A public/private partnership will be most successful in improving public health measures and reducing disparities in care and health status. This partnership should set priorities and implement proven interventions.
AFFORDABILITY: Maximize the cost savings that can be achieved through improvements in access and quality and, at the same time, take additional steps to make health care more affordable.
- Resources are invested for proven community benefit. Minnesota public and private health care leaders should join consumers and employers to objectively assess how to best invest limited health care dollars in order to optimize health status for all Minnesotans.
- Purchasers know the cost and quality of the health care they are buying. Comprehensive community-wide measures of performance on cost, quality, and safety should be available to all health care consumers, employers and government agencies so that they can make educated purchasing decisions and promote quality improvement.
CLIMATE: Develop a climate that will optimize the success of public/private partnerships to improve quality, access and affordability.
- More low cost health plan products available to consumers.
Consumers and purchasers should have options to buy low-cost health plan products that are flexible and meet their needs. Both state-regulated benefit designs and state mandates need to be supported by research on their effectiveness.
- State regulations must add value to the health care delivery system and demonstrate benefits to consumers. The regulatory system should promote access, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Regulations should be assessed for their immediate and downstream impact on cost and quality. Government roles should be clearly articulated so that conflicts and redundancy are eliminated.
- Minnesota health plans continue to operate as nonprofit organizations.
Nonprofit health plans benefit the community with increased access, lower administrative costs, collaboration and reinvestment in community health.