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2019 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) Update

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will not promulgate a Health Care Quality Rule for the 2019 reporting year because there are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for physician clinics and hospitals. In its place, MDH will issue technical guidance in November about any changes measure stewards have made to measure specifications and the removal of several hospital measures to maintain alignment with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements.

In parallel, MDH expects to continue making progress in the development of the legislatively required quality measurement framework that will inform Minnesota’s approach to measurement in the future. MDH will provide a status update to the Legislature this year, continue developing the framework during 2019, and begin the implementation process in 2020.