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Significant Increases in Optimal Asthma Care, Colorectal Cancer Screenings

More than 11,000 additional Minnesotans were screened for colorectal cancer and rates of optimal care for asthma patients (adults and children) increased dramatically between 2012 and 2013, according to new data released by MN Community Measurement.

The statewide average for adult and pediatric asthma patients receiving optimal care each jumped 7% during the past year – from 49% to 56% for children and from 40% to 47% for adults.

MNCM published new clinical performance results for asthma (adults and children) and colorectal cancer screening on MNHealthScores.org this week. Across all three measures, statewide performance increased over the previous year. These rates evaluate patients who visited their health care provider between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Asthma Care

A growing number of Minnesota children and adults are getting their asthma under control. Nearly 2,820 additional children and 4,400 additional adults had their asthma well-controlled during the past year compared to the previous year.

Since asthma is not curable, managing and controlling it is essential to leading a normal, healthy life. If asthma is not well controlled, it can be serious and even life threatening. This measure evaluates if patients reported their asthma is well-controlled, including reporting no more than one hospitalization or emergency department visit related to asthma within the year and receiving information about how to manage their asthma from their provider.

The percentage of Minnesota adults and children achieving high-quality asthma care has increased dramatically since these measures were first publicly reported in 2011. This is due in large part to medical groups implementing recommended patient tools within their practices. The percentage of children receiving optimal asthma care has increased 32 percentage points, from 24%, over the past three years; the percentage of adults has increased 30 percentage points, from 17%, during that same period.

Medical groups who had the highest percentages of pediatric (ages 5 to 17) asthma patients receiving optimal care during the past year were Advancements in Allergy and Asthma Care in Minnetonka, MN; Allergy and Asthma Specialty Care in Willmar, MN; Southdale Pediatric Associates in Edina, MN; Southdale Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Minneapolis, MN; and South Lake Pediatrics in Minnetonka, MN. Individual clinic results ranged from a high of 93% to a low of 0%.

For full results, visit the Asthma: Children section of MNHealthScores.org.

Medical groups with the highest percentages of adult (ages 18 to 50) asthma patients receiving optimal care during the past year were Allergy and Asthma Specialty Care in Willmar, MN; Advancements in Allergy and Asthma Care in Minnetonka, MN; Southdale Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Minneapolis, MN; Children’s Respiratory & Critical Care Specialists in Minneapolis, MN; and Southdale Pediatric Associates in Edina, MN. Individual clinic results ranged from a high of 89% to a low of 0%.

For full results, visit the Asthma: Adults section of MNHealthScores.org.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Seventy percent of Minnesotans age 50 to 75 were up-to-date on recommended colorectal cancer screenings during the past year, a 1% increase from the year before. The result is more than 11,000 additional Minnesotans had potentially life-saving screening for colorectal cancer during the past year compared to the previous year.

Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Routine screenings are recommended beginning at age 50 to prevent many cases of colon cancer or detect them earlier. Every four screening saves one life year as cancers are detected earlier. Thus, 2,750 years of healthy, productive lives were saved by these additional screenings.

The statewide rate of colorectal cancer screenings has increased six percentage points from 64% since 2010. With Baby Boomers now flooding into the age range recommended for colorectal cancer screenings, more than 1.1 million Minnesotans were evaluated as part of the measure this year.

Medical groups that had the highest percentages of patients who were up-to-date on colorectal cancer screenings during the past year were Catalyst Medical Clinic in Watertown, MN; Edina Family Physicians in Edina, MN; Women & Adolescent Gynecology Center in Edina, MN; Paul Larson Ob/Gyn Clinic in Edina, MN; and Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates in Edina, MN. Individual clinic results ranged from a high of 93% to a low of 4%.

For full results, visit the Colorectal Cancer Screening section of MNHealthScores.org.