Minnesota has a long and successful history of implementing the medical home model to promote comprehensive, coordinated, and patient-centered care for pediatric populations. In 2003, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to implement the medical home model for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) enrolled in Medicaid. Since that time, Minnesota's medical home efforts have evolved and expanded, culminating in the Health Care Homes (HCH) program, which is transforming primary care for adults and children, including CYSHCN, throughout the state.
Minnesota's HCH program, established by Minnesota's 2008 health reform legislation, utilizes the medical home model to redesign the delivery of and payment for primary care statewide. It is designed to facilitate partnerships between providers, patients, and families to improve health outcomes and quality of life for patients, including children and CYSHCN. The HCH program is an approach to primary care for adult and pediatric populations that is patient-centered and coordinated across the health care continuum and facilitates collaboration between primary care providers, specialty providers, and community resources.
American Academy of Pediatrics