The office of Governor Mark Dayton announced a short while ago that he has signed an executive order establishing "a Vision for Health Care Reform in Minnesota."
"The order charges the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force, along with members of the Governor's Cabinet, to develop an action plan for reforming how we deliver and pay for health care in Minnesota," the announcement says.
Dayton focuses on Minnesota's historical leadership in health care and says "we must continue to innovate, and there is real urgency to our mission."
"Health care costs are rising at unsustainable rate, undermining the budgets of Minnesota families, businesses, and our state and federal government budgets," Dayton is quoted as saying. "The status quo is not good enough; we need to find new ways to delivering better quality health care at a lower price. The mission of this task force is to provide recommendations about how we best can accomplish this."
His office notes that Minnesota will use the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but "seize the initiative and set our own course for how we want to reform health care."
The Minnesota Department of Commerce will create a state "health insurance exchange."
"We know that we can get control of health care costs and also improve quality if we fix the incentives so that we pay for healthy outcomes," Dayton was quoted as saying.
Mayo Clinic here in Rochester, MInnesota has long advocated paying for health-care "value" (high quality health care at lower cost with better, safer patient outcomes).
Dayton's task force has these priorities:
• Improve access to health care for all Minnesotans
• Lowers health care costs by reforming how we pay for health care and changing the incentives, so we encourage preventative care and reward healthy outcomes, not sickness.
• Improves the health of all Minnesotans and address the huge health disparities that plague our state.
Pulse on Health
By Jeff Hansel, member Association of Health Care Journalists
Health Reporter for the PostBulletin.com, 18 1st Ave. S.E. in Rochester, Minnesota 55904
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