• By Karl W Oestreich

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Health System Announce New 3-Year Payment Contract

January 28, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state’s leading nonprofit health plan and Mayo Clinic Health System, a family of clinics, hospitals and health care facilities owned by Mayo Clinic, announced today a new, three-year agreement that is designed to promote quality care while lowering overall costs.

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“Blue Cross and the Mayo Clinic Health System recognize that health care costs in Minnesota cannot continue on an unsustainable trajectory, especially when we still have material gaps in the quality of care,” Lee said. “Our respective organizations won’t be competitive in the marketplace unless we can demonstrate and be accountable for measured quality and overall cost of care for the people we serve. 

It's not just a payer issue or a provider issue. This agreement brings together the distinctive capabilities of each organization so that we can solve the problem together.”“This new type of contract works because it embodies shared priorities and purpose,” said Dr. Larry Lee, executive medical director for provider relations and quality at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

“We have been working to transform the medical practice for our patients and communities and this new agreement complements those efforts,” said Robert Nesse, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic Health System. “New practice models are being deployed by our community care locations, meaning patients will be supported by a team of care givers, who work with their primary care provider to meet their needs.  The team will help patients access the right level of care, when and where they need it.”

The new agreement complements Mayo Clinic Health System’s efforts to deploy new models of care across Southern Minnesota. To read more about today's announcement here: Blue Cross Mayo Clinic Aligned Incentive Agreement .

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