Accountable care for the poor and underserved: Minnesota's Hennepin Health model

Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr;105(4):622-4. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302432. Epub 2015 Feb 25.


Hennepin Health provides integrated medical and social services to low-income Medicaid patients in a large county located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Data sharing is critical to program operations along with care coordination provided by community health workers. Early evidence indicates fewer emergency department visits and increased use of outpatient primary care. By focusing on prevention, coordination, and team-based care, the county hopes to improve individuals' quality of life while reducing costs through better care management and reductions in emergency department use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accountable Care Organizations / organization & administration*
  • Community Health Workers / organization & administration
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Health Services Administration*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations*
  • Medicaid
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Minnesota
  • Social Work / organization & administration*
  • United States