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Minnesota Health Care Homes (HCH), a patient-centered medical home initiative, utilizes regionally-based nurse planners to ensure that HCH practices are meeting specific standards of care that aim to foster improved health outcomes and consumer satisfaction, while also controlling costs. Nurse planners are charged with certifying primary care practices as HCHs and providing practices with resources and technical assistance to help them improve their capacity to function as a HCH.
In addition to highlighting state policy implications, this brief also showcases how Joan Kindt, nurse planner, assists practices in functioning as HCHs that provide patients with quality, comprehensive and coordinated care. Nurse planners, like Joan, have helped to certify over 40 percent of primary care practices in the state.
This brief is the fourth in a six-part series, supported by the AARP Public Policy Institute, which explores the evolving role of nurses in new delivery system models.
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