Researchers at HealthPartners/Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center won the 2017 Eureka! Innovation award for conducting an 18-month quality improvement project on personalized pain management plans. The program reduces opioid use and greatly reduces out-of-pocket prescription costs through the use of lower-cost medications.
HealthPartners Vice President of Pharmacy and Business Development, Scott Schnuckle, has authored an article on strategies and tools for consumers to reduce drug costs. The piece discusses online and mobile apps, one-on-one medication support and fair drug pricing policies.
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report found that only four of 37 provider-sponsored health plans formed after 2010 were profitable in 2015. As delivery has shifted to value-based care models, few provider-sponsored plans have secured enough members to manage risk and competition. Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger and HealthPartners were recognized as examples of successful provider-sponsored plans.
As a part of the Metro-Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium, HealthPartners Institute is participating in a National Cancer Institute study that will investigate the financial implications of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patients from five HealthPartners cancer centers will be involved in the study.
HealthPartners held a grand opening of it neuroscience center in St. Paul, Minnesota last week, with Laila Ali in attendance. The center houses both rehabilitation facilities and a lab working on as many as 30 research studies at one time.