Minnesota Contract to Monitor Children's Programs and Mental Health Services

Beginning July 1, Minnesota's Human Services Department will know exactly how well its managed care children's programs and mental health services are performing, thanks to a series of new studies commissioned this week.

FMAS Corp., a subsidiary of Reston, Va.-based DynCorp, was picked by Minnesota to conduct studies to help measure the caliber of care being provided and to make recommendations on how to improve services and reduce costs.

"The managed care model means the groups go at-risk and provide care to a certain number of beneficiaries at a fixed cost," said Ted Gaskell, vice president of health care information technology services at DynCorp. "We will help them make sure that the quality of care remains the same or better, and that the focus is not just on cost."

Minnesota is the seventh state to use FMAS for the data management and analysis service. Under the contract, the DynCorp unit will analyze medical records and perform surveys to probe patient satisfaction with the system and its programs.

"It's basically a monitoring process," Gaskell said. "We'll see if the kids are getting their shots on schedule and have access to medical care on a daily basis...and then we report it back to the state."

Texas, Hawaii, Montana, Virginia, Delaware and Iowa also have contracts with FMAS, Gaskell said.

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