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State's largest insurer forms new partnership with major health care system

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The state’s largest insurer and a major health care system Tuesday unveiled "BluePrint," the result of a first-of-its-kind partnership.

The Star Tribune reports the plan is an example of how health reform and rising costs are prompting traditional adversaries to work together. The newspaper reports that the new plan, to be offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Allina Health, will be available in the 11-county metro area on the state’s MNsure exchange starting in October.

The Business Journal reports that the plan tailors services to individual members’ needs. Those who sign up for BluePrint will take a health assessment, then Allina will help them manage their care. Benefits will target chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood, which can be costly to treat when patients need to be hospitalized. Members will get two free visits with a primary care doctor.

The organizations expect the efforts can lower costs with prevention efforts and by avoiding duplication of services.

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