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SCHA, Brown County and NU Medical Center to partner on health care initiative

May 18, 2012
The Journal

South Country Health Alliance, Brown County, and the New Ulm Medical Center are partnering on an initiative to improve health outcomes for at-risk patients of the Emergency Department and Clinic.

The project will target patients who are at risk for re-admission, or who have social service needs, mental health needs, or other barriers to getting appropriate health care. The initiative calls for a new Healthcare Coordinator position to be created within the New Ulm Medical Center. The coordinator will steer patients to more appropriate health care services and community-based care while helping to reduce health care costs, and offer consumer education to help patients understand how and when to get appropriate health care services rather than relying on the ER for their non-emergent health care needs. The coordination service is anticipated to be available this summer.

South Country Health Alliance (SCHA) is a county-based purchasing health plan and joint effort of 11 Minnesota counties - Brown, Dodge, Goodhue, Kanabec, Morrison, Sibley, Steele, Todd, Waseca, Wabasha and Wadena - to support accessible quality health care through partnerships with county public services and local health care providers for Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees.

To accomplish this, South Country Health Alliance strives to integrate social services, public health, and medical services so members receive the right services, at the right time, in the right setting.

SCHA began enrolling members in November 2001. The health plan now has more than 23,000 members and offers five different programs to meet the health care needs of Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees in participating counties.

For more information on South Country, call 1-866-567-7242 or visit



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