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1 Policy Road Map for Health Equity: Outlook and Opportunities Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance Statewide Meeting Michael Scandrett, JD Emily Zylla, MPH Halleland Habicht Consulting June 5, 2014

2 Topics for Today: 1. Health care reform & health coverage 2. New provider care delivery and payment models 3. Health equity policy developments 4. Opportunities for CHWs 2

3 1. Health Care Reform & Expansion of Health Coverage 3

4 Background: the American Health Care System More expensive than other countries Poorer health of the population Highly variable quality, effectiveness and safety Inadequate prevention Poor management of chronic disease Perverse financial incentives Unsustainable cost increases 4

5 Background: the American Health Care System 5

6 Consequences Decreased worker productivity Rising costs contribute to government budget deficits and divert resources from other government priorities Erodes health insurance coverage and benefits More uninsured and underinsured Persistent health disparities 6

7 Federal Reforms: 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid Expansion Health Insurance Exchanges: a marketplace to buy insurance Regulations of Private Health Insurance Reforms to Provider Payment Methods Increased Prevention and Wellness And more…. 7

8 ACA: Expands Health Coverage Individual Mandate Health Insurance Market Reform Medicaid Coverage (Up to 133% FPL) Exchanges (Subsidies for 133 – 400% FPL) Employer Sponsored Coverage Universal Coverage 8

9 Overall, Minnesota rate of Uninsured Ranks #3…HOWEVER… 9 20- 29% (14 states) Less than 20% (14 states) 30-49% (16 states) More than 50% (7 states, including DC) SOURCE: KCMU/Urban Institute analysis of 2011 and 2012 ASEC Supplements to the CPS. Uninsured Rates in “Communities of Color”

10 10 Disparities in Insurance Coverage Source: MDH, Health Economics Program

11 MN Coverage Options 11

12 Minnesota’s Health Insurance Marketplace 223,000 Enrollments to Date 126,039 in Medicaid 46,417 in MinnesotaCare 50,733 in Qualified Health Plans Navigators help consumers choose a health plan and enroll Many problems with MNsure’s start-tup 12

13 Impact of ACA on Uninsured Source: Gruber/Gorman Analysis, Prepared for Health Care Reform Task Force, MN, 2012 Estimated Uninsured in MN, With & Without ACA 13

14 Preview: Access to care 5 years after reforms enacted 14

15 But, the ACA has not solved the problem of the uninsured 15

16 The Remaining Uninsured:201,000 Source: Gruber/Gorman Analysis, Prepared for Health Care Reform Task Force, MN, 2012 16

17 Reason for Coverage Gap 17 Those who pay more than 8% of income on health care Individuals with incomes below the tax filing threshold ($10K individual/$20K family ) Affordability Those who lack coverage due to life transitions, largely due to reductions in employer sponsored insurance Dependents ineligible for subsidized coverage in the Exchange if an employee is offered affordable self-only coverage by an employer Newly Uninsured Those who are ineligible for subsidized coverage due to immigration status Immigration Status

18 Compared to the Insured Population, the Uninsured are… Younger: almost twice as likely to be under 34 years of age (54% uninsured vs. 29% insured) Poorer: over twice as likely to have income below 200% of poverty (56% vs. 27%) More Diverse: almost twice as likely to be from a community of color (32% vs. 19%) Less educated: nearly twice as likely not to graduate from high school (8.3% vs. 5.2%) Single: over twice as likely to be unmarried (44% vs. 21%) Male: a third more likely to be male (63% vs. 47%) 18

19 The Remaining Uninsured: Undocumented Immigrants The largest category of the remaining low-income, uninsured Minnesotans is people who are not eligible for MA or the MNsure Exchange due to their immigration status Most uninsured immigrants seek care from safety net providers: Community Health Centers, community dental and mental health providers, and public hospitals and clinics The only State of Minnesota program for these Minnesotans is Emergency Medical Assistance, which covers emergency care and hospitalization 19

20 Uninsured Immigrants: Future Policy Opportunities Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA): A DHS Report on EMA called for expanding the coverage and benefits for undocumented immigrants 2014 Legislation requires a report to the 2015 Legislature on possible improvements to the EMA program Funding for Safety Net Providers: 2014 Legislature provided additional grants to safety net providers to serve uninsured patients 2015 is a State Budget Session where funding for the uninsured will be decided 20

21 Health Coverage: Opportunities for CHWs MNsure outreach to communities MN enrollment navigation and assistance Advocacy on behalf of communities of color: MNsure advisory committees and Board State agencies MN state legislature Political campaigns 21

22 QUESTIONS 22

23 2. New Provider Care Delivery and Payment Models 23

24 “Triple Aim” of Health Reform Improve the health of the patient population Improve the patient/consumer experience Improve the affordability of health care 24

25 2008 & 2010 Minnesota Reforms New Care Models: Health Care Homes & Care Coordination Quality Measurement: for payment, consumer information, and accountability Payment Reform: Evolving to pay for VALUE rather than VOLUME Payment Measure Data Minnesota: Ahead of the Curve 25

26 New Care Models A primary care provider or team Certified by MDH Paid a monthly per-person care coordination fee Partner with and engage the patient/family to improve health and manage chronic conditions Coordinate all needed services, with EHR & IT Address non-clinical factors affecting health Health Care Homes 26

27 Accountable Care Organization A network of clinics and health care providers who take responsibility for managing the health, quality and total cost of care (TCOC) for their patients In Minnesota, ACOs serving patients enrolled in Medicaid and MinnesotaCare are called “Integrated Health Partnerships” (IHPs) and were formerly known as “Health Care Delivery Systems” (HCDS). 27

28 MN ACOs: Integrated Health Partnerships (IHPs) Medical Assistance/MinnesotaCare ACOs in MN DHS contracts directly with IHPs in a new way to serve a specified patient population IHPs provide needed services for the patients attributed to their clinics “Gain sharing” payments made if the IHP reduces the total cost of care for attributed patients while maintaining quality of care and patient satisfaction Nine IHP projects are underway; more are coming 28

29 Who is Establishing ACOs? Large integrated hospital-clinic organizations Alliances of independent clinics and hospitals Safety Net Providers serving low-income and underserved populations County health care, social service and public health agencies 29

30 ACOs and Safety Net Populations Early models were developed by large hospital-clinic companies working with large employers serving a mainstream, middle-class population. Will ACOs work in Safety Net Settings? Cultural competence and socio-economic factors Co-occurring MI and chemical dependency Non-medical services needed (housing, transportation, etc.) Risk-adjustment for higher costs, poorer outcomes 30

31 IHP: Shared Savings 31 Shared Savings

32 FUHN (FQHC Urban Health Network) 32 FUHN is a “Virtual” IHP (made up of independent clinics) Ten FQHCs working in partnership: AXIS Medical Center, Cedar-Riverside Peoples Center, Community University Health Care Center, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Native American Community Clinic, Neighborhood HealthSource, Open Cities Health Center, Southside Community Health Services, United Family Medicine, West Side Community Health Services OPTUM provides data analysis and other expertise

33 FUHN Project Goals: 5/21/2013 Improved Access to High Quality Primary Care Improved Clinical Quality Improved Consumer Engagement and Satisfaction Reduced Total Cost of Care 33

34 Challenges: What will it take for an IHP to succeed? Effective Team-based Primary Care services Robust Care Coordination Patients actively engaged in their care and health Communities actively engaged in improving population health Health Information Technology (HIT) systems to support care coordination and quality and cost management Health Information Exchange (HIE) systems to help provider networks coordinate care 34

35 DHS Projects: The Next Wave More HCDS projects will coming online in 2014 State’s goal: cover 50% of the Medicaid population in ACO/IHPs (excluding elderly and people with disabilities) ACOs are expanding in the private sector, too Expanding to additional service: intensive mental health, long-term care, and home and community-based services for complex populations SIM Grant - Accountable Communities for Health 35

36 State Innovation Model (SIM) Grant $45 million grant from CMS Expansion of ACO/IHP models Especially small and rural providers, safety-net providers, and providers who are not part of large integrated health systems Project Goals: Transform care delivery Accelerate adoption of ACO models in Medicaid Ensure providers are able to securely exchange data Create “Accountable Communities for Health ” 36

37 SIM Budget Allocations $23M for health information technology, secure exchange of health information and data analytics $6.3M for practices to improve care coordination $2.5M for quality and performance measurement $10M to support up to 15 Accountable Communities for Health 37

38 Accountable Communities for Health Expand IHP Accountable Care model beyond traditional acute care services to include: Non-clinical services affecting patients’ health, including social services, public health, housing Community-wide prevention efforts to improve overall health and reduce chronic disease Behavioral Health, Long Term Care, and Home and Community-based Services Measurable community-wide goals for improved population health, health care and cost management Roles for citizens, employers, providers, health plans, government and communities. 38

39 Measuring Quality Under the new care models and payment reforms, reducing future costs is necessary but not sufficient Providers must meet also meet standards of quality and patient satisfaction Standardized quality measures are measured and reported through Minnesota Community Measurement and the Minnesota Department of Health 39

40 SQRMS All providers measured using standardized statewide quality measures under Minnesota’s Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) Currently SQRMS does not collect or report data by race, ethnicity, language (REL), or socio-economic status (SES) such as income, homelessness, and gender identity and sexual preference 40

41 Healthcare Education & Workforce Health professional education is lagging behind emerging workforce trends: Increased reliance on primary care providers Multidisciplinary, team-based care Use of allied, mid-level and paraprofessional practitioners Skilled in using EHR, HIE and data to drive care delivery Skilled at patient and community engagement Cultural competency and relevance 41

42 Recap of Trends 1. Care coordination of all health care services needed by a patient 2. Services delivered through multi-disciplinary primary care teams. 3. Provider accountability for quality, health outcomes and costs using standardized measures. 4. Improved patient satisfaction and engagement in their own health and health care. 5. New payment methods and financial incentives for providers to reduce the total cost of care through prevention, early management of disease, and efficient, effective care. 6. Use of health information technology to improve care and reduce costs. 7. New: Coordination of health care with non-health care services to address social determinants (poverty, race/ethnicity, literacy, homelessness, etc.) and reduce health disparities. 42

43 New Models: Opportunities for CHWs Member of Primary Care Team Improve Patient Engagement Improve Community Engagement Improve Population Health Address Social Determinants of Health (REL/SES) Advocate for Change: Within health care organizations In communities With government agencies With policymakers (MN Legislature, county boards, etc.) 43

44 QUESTIONS 44

45 3. Health Equity Policy Developments 45

46 Health Equity Increased attention to health disparities MDH Report – February 2014: “Health in All Sectors” Statewide Leadership – Structural Racism Strengthen Community Relationships Redesign Grant Programs Strengthen Data on Disparities 46

47 Health Care Reforms: Impact on Health Disparities MA expansion improves health coverage & benefits Patient relationship and engagement is key to provider care delivery and payment model reforms Payment reforms will allow resources to be shifted from hospital/specialty to primary care/outpatient and to services to address social determinants of health Coordination with social services & other county services will help address social determinants of health Quality Measurement to track and report quality for communities of color and other populations with health disparities. 47

48 2014 Legislative Session Highlights – Health Equity Health Equity grants Funding for Interpreters Grants for Health Care for Uninsured Patients Emergency Medical Assistance Program Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) Changes 48

49 Data: SQRMS, REL & SES Data on Health Disparities: Statewide quality measures can’t be broken down by race, ethnicity and language (REL) or socio-economic status (SES) Lack of data on quality of care for communities of color and REL/SES groups is a barrier to identifying and eliminating health disparities Risk Adjustment: Providers are accountable for quality of care Current measures do not adjust for REL/SES, causing harm to providers who serve REL/SES patients 49

50 Data: SQRMS, REL & SES 2014 Legislation SQRMS: plan to measure quality of care based on REL/SES and adjust provider quality scores based on these factors MDH : Develop an implementation plan and budget to present to the 2015 Legislature Consult with stakeholders in developing the plan, including communities of color and other groups with health disparities Use culturally appropriate methods of engaging communities in the process of developing the plan 50

51 Health Equity Issues to Watch SIM Accountable Communities for Health Statewide community engagement Summer 2014 RFP expected Sept. 1, 2014 2015 Legislative Session State budget year Legislative proposals from the Health Equity Report Implementation plan for REL/SES quality measurement and risk adjustment Emergency Medical Assistance program changes Coverage and access to care for the remaining uninsured 51

52 What’s the Role of CHWs in Reducing Health Disparities? CHWs come from the communities they serve, building trusting and vital relationships. These crucial relationships significantly lower health disparities because CHWs: Facilitate access to services and coordination of care; Improve the quality and cultural agility of care; Improve chronic disease management; and Increase the health knowledge and self sufficiency of underserved populations Increase patient and community engagement 52

53 QUESTIONS 53

54 4. Opportunities for Community Health Workers under Reform Trends 54

55 The Value of CHWs in Health Care Educating and engaging patients in managing their health and coordinating the services they need Bringing cultural knowledge and skills to primary care teams Bringing cultural knowledge and skills to health care organizations, public health agencies and other public and private organizations Strengthening engagement of communities of color with health care organizations and the health care system Identifying and addressing health disparities 55

56 Opportunities for CHWs: Individually MNsure (navigation, etc.) Care delivery and payment models (PC, HCH, ACO/IHP, ACH) Public health and population health improvement Patient and community engagement Health equity/eliminating disparities Community leadership Public policy advocacy 56

57 Opportunities for CHWs: Working Together Business Case for CHWs. Make the case that CHWs provide a financial return-on-investment and add value in other areas CHW Workforce Models. Promote roles of CHWs with health systems, clinics, public health agencies, and IHPs Community Engagement. Assist communities served by CHWs in being engaged in policy advocacy and holding health care organizations and the health system accountable Policy Advocacy: Advocate together on public policies, reforms, programs, and funding on behalf of populations served by CHWs 57

58 QUESTIONS 58


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