Allina, HealthPartners announce first year results of Northwest Metro Alliance

COON RAPIDS, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First year results show that a multi-year collaboration between Allina Hospitals & Clinics and HealthPartners achieved quality and patient experience goals and reduced total medical cost trend from a 2009 growth rate of eight percent (well above metro average) to a 2010 growth rate of three percent (comparable to the metro average). This is equivalent to more than $6 million in reduced medical costs.

The results of this collaboration, called the Northwest Metro Alliance, are outlined in an executive summary from Allina Hospitals & Clinics and HealthPartners.

The Northwest Metro Alliance is working to establish a model of care that achieves the Triple Aim, an initiative launched by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to improve health, deliver excellent patient experience and lower medical costs. The partnership also serves as a learning lab for Accountable Care Organizations.

“These results show the value of collaboration between health care organizations to create innovative models that can serve as an Accountable Care Organization, which are models of federal and state health care reform,” said Penny Wheeler, chief clinical officer for Allina Hospitals & Clinics.

“We’re demonstrating that this collaborative model is doing what it was designed to do in achieving Triple Aim results,” said Brian Rank, MD, medical director of HealthPartners Medical Group.

Launched in 2010, the Northwest Metro Alliance involves 27,000 patients who receive care at Allina’s Mercy Hospital and at eight Allina and HealthPartners Medical Clinics in the northwest metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Initiatives in the first year included:

  • Increase use of generic drugs
  • Increase safe inductions of labor
  • Prevent unnecessary use of the Emergency Department
  • Coordinate care for patients with serious chronic disease
  • Improve patient satisfaction

Details of the one-year results of the Northwest Metro Alliance can be found in an executive summary on and

About Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics and specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, pharmacies, and emergency medical transportation services.

About HealthPartners
Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners family of health care companies serves more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. It is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation providing care, coverage, research and education to improve the health of members, patients and the community. HealthPartners is the top-ranked commercial health plan in Minnesota and is also ranked 19th in the nation according to NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-11 - private.

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