Data Collection

MNCM has been helping health care providers in primary care and across all specialties to collect, analyze and report clinical data since 2004, and we can help you, too. How can MNCM ease your path to reporting?

  • By offering a wide range of quality measures
  • By applying our robust data validation policies and procedures
  • By performing clear, helpful reporting
  • By giving you reliable advice and support

Data Collection

MNCM has collected data from health plans, medical groups, clinics and survey firms since 2002. During that time, the depth and breadth of our work has expanded dramatically. For example with HEDIS measure aggregation, we started out working with a few of the largest health plans in our market to submit data for one measure. Today, we have 10 participating health plans submitting data for 10 HEDIS measures.

The methods we use to collect data have also evolved during the past dozen years. In addition to measures that use data from health plans, we developed a ground-breaking new process called direct data submission (DDS) that allows clinics and medical groups to submit data directly from their electronic medical records systems to MNCM through a custom-built, secure web portal. What began in 2008 with 62 medical groups, encompassing 339 clinics submitting data, has grown to more than 200 medical groups, encompassing over 1,000 clinics, submitting data annually on 19 different clinical quality measures. The impact of DDS continues to spread since it became the data collection platform for the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) in 2009.

National and regional supplemental data collection projects we’ve supported has expanded. We collect data for local and national societies to help them evaluate their measures and programs.  For example, MNCM worked with:

  • the American Academy of Neurology to evaluate a measure of opioid overuse for patients with primary headache disorders;
  • the American Academy of Dermatology to test a Non Melanoma Skin Cancer Biopsy Measure Set, and
  • ChiroCenters of MN, Inc. (now Fulcrum Health Inc.) to test an Acute and Sub-Acute Low Back Pain Functional Status Outcome measure.

Data Validation

MNCM has developed rigorous and thorough data validation processes. We use at least one method to validate each and every medical group that submits data to MNCM through the DDS process. Those methods include:

  • Pre-submission validation of each medical group’s patient population and complete quality checks of submitted data.
  • Validation audits, which occur for a random number of medical groups on established measures and all medical groups for brand new measures.
  • All medical groups are given the opportunity to review their results and the statewide results before they are publicly reported.

MNCM utilizes the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) “8/30” process for validation audits, developed in consultation with Johns Hopkins University. The procedure involves reviewing an initial sample of eight files, then reviewing an additional sample of 22 files if any of the original eight fails the review (a total of 30 records). Our validation processes are paramount to our measurement work, by ensuring that data is collected and reported consistently and accurately.

Data Files

MNCM is your source for rich health care data. There are over 130 measures that MNCM publicly reports on its consumer-facing website, MNHealthScores.org at the clinic, medical group, and hospital level. Many of these measures have supporting data files available for purchase. See a current list of published measures by clicking here.

Some of these measures are reported at a clinic level; some at a medical group level. Contact MNCM to learn more about the files and data available for purchase at opportunities@mncm.org.

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