Provider Tools and Resources

Our tools and resources for providers and health professionals are developed to complement the categories of data that we report. While some tools are specific to individual measures, other resources incorporate materials and information for both health care providers and patients. From links to measure-specific tools to a provider- and patient-friendly depression toolkit, MNCM is dedicated to connecting you with resources that support performance, practice, and reporting.

We create and share provider tools and resources with several goals in mind:

    • Improve care delivery practices based on current guidelines
    • Share materials and information that help patients and providers manage care and treatment goals
    • Facilitate opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and consumers
    • Build a working knowledge of provider performance, reported measures, the measure development process, and data collection

Calendars and planning resources

View the most current calendars and planning resources for public reporting, data submission and training topics that include:

  • The MNCM Slate of Measures Measures approved by the MNCM Board of Directors for public reporting in the current calendar year.
  • MNCM DDS Planning Calendar  Download the most current Direct Data Submission (DDS) calendar.
  • MNCM Q&A Sessions Calendar  View the expected topics for the calendar year. Topics may be revised, as necessary.
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Resources Visit the MDH website for helpful fact sheets, guides and other reports.

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are a part of a broad strategy to engage patients and their families to improve their own care. Research suggests that patients who are engaged in their care tend to have better results. Collecting feedback from patients about their treatment outcomes, experience, or satisfaction with their care can be a way to help patients feel more engaged. It provides insights into care quality and which outcomes are highly valued by patients.

The National Quality Forum reports that two critical steps for PROMs are for providers and medical groups to engage patients by developing the ability to routinely capture patient-reported outcomes, and then to use these data to contribute to performance measures that evaluate quality and efficiency. We encourage you to learn more about patient-reported outcomes in performance measurement by visiting the NQF website or by downloading their report about PROs in Performance Measurement.

Below, you can find lists of the tools and resources for the five MNCM performance measures that use patient-reported outcomes. Registered users can access additional PROM data collection guides, resources and documents in the MNCM Data Portal.


Asthma tools


Depression patient assessment tools

The PHQ-9 in Practice
For more information about using the PHQ-9 in health care provider practices, refer to the Depression Clinical Work Flow Guide, made available courtesy of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI).

Patient experience

Improving patient experience

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View Let’s Talk: A guide for transforming the patient experience through improved communication. Many healthcare organizations in Minnesota are working on improvements in “the Triple Aim,” which includes setting goals in three areas: Improvements in population health; reducing or controlling health care costs, and enhancing a patient’s experience and interactions when being cared for by a healthcare provider.

How does the topic of this guide, improved communication, fit into these goal areas? Good communication with patients and their families gives them access to information as well as providing the skills and tools needed for self-management. These enriching interactions and experiences with providers and the healthcare system, ultimately advances their health and improves health outcomes. Helping patients and families self-manage their conditions is an idea whose time has come. This concept is one of the six aims mentioned in the 2001 Institute of Medicine’s Crossing the Quality Chasm report and is central to certification as a patient-centered medical home in Minnesota.

Spine surgery

Functional status tools

Total knee replacement

Functional status tools

Quality improvement resources

Breast Cancer Screening

Provider Resources from the American Cancer Society

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Provider Resources from the American Cancer Society

  • FOBT Clinician’s Reference – State-of-the-science information about guaiac-based fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) and fecal immunochemical tests (FIT)
  • Colon Screening Action Plan – Information for implementing a primary care clinician’s evidence-based toolbox and guide
  • Office Policy Worksheet – What is everyone’s role at the office with increasing colon cancer screening rates?

Depression Materials for Patients and Healthcare Providers

Help and Healing Toolkit

Help and Healing is an online toolkit that gives providers evidence-based treatment guidance and easy-to-use resources to assist in depression recovery. The goal of Help and Healing is to help people who have depression get better, faster by fostering collaboration between patients and providers.

The toolkit includes patient and provider talking points, treatment planning, self-management techniques, and information to help providers measure treatment outcomes.

Help and Healing can be accessed online by patients or health care providers at MN HealthScores.

Tobacco Cessation

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Tobacco use is still a problem in Minnesota. That’s why ClearWay MinnesotaSM and MN Community Measurement have partnered to develop a new collection of information and resources to better understand and address tobacco use in Minnesota. Health care teams can use the materials to help more patients quit tobacco.

New MN Community Measurement analyses for ClearWay Minnesota offer fresh insights into the burden of tobacco use for people with certain chronic diseases, including:

  • There are more Minnesota adults with diabetes using tobacco (28,700 people) than there are people in the city of Winona.
  • Approximately 13,000 adult Minnesotans who have ischemic vascular disease are also tobacco users.  That number equals the entire population of Bemidji.

Health care providers are still a key part of the solution. Review the materials at MNCM’s “Spotlight on Tobacco” to get tips and tools on helping patients quit tobacco.

Online resources

MN HealthScores is a website produced by MN Community Measurement to report information about the health care provided in clinics, medical groups and hospitals. The goal of MN HealthScores is to share comparable, useful and trusted information about health care quality.

Visit MN HealthScores to:

  • View and compare performance reports
  • Help your patients compare costs and find high-value care options.
  • Download useful tools and resources for your practice and your patients
  • Join us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to share news and ideas on health care performance.

The D5 for Diabetes / The V4 for Vascular Health

The D5 for Diabetes and The V4 for Vascular Health make it easier for people with diabetes or vascular disease to work together in setting and achieving goals to manage their condition(s) better. When a person achieves D5 or V4 success, they reduce their risk for complications such as heart attack, stroke and problems with their kidneys, eyes and nervous system.

The D5 and V4 can help you provide more effective care to your patients with diabetes and vascular disease.

Contact MNCM for information about co-branding D5 and V4 materials for your practice or program.

Webinars & events

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Attend the MN Community Measurement 2015 Seminar:
Motivating Through Measurement: Catalyzing Improvement in Health Equity, Cost & Patient Outcomes

Join us to hear from Sharon Sayles Belton, former Minneapolis mayor and current chair of the Hennepin County Medical Center Board of Directors, who will speak about health equity and its impact on public policy, our workforce and health care; Jay Want, M.D., of Want Healthcare, who will speak about physicians’ role in influencing the total cost of care; and many other engaging and educational speakers.

  • Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
  • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Venue: Earle Brown Heritage Center 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Minneapolis, MN  55430
  • Registration: $250 early bird; $300 after 7/24

Visit the official 2015 MNCM Seminar website for more details and to register!

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System Webinar: Patient Experience of Care

MNCM, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), presented an informational webinar on March 26, 2014 reviewing the 2014 Patient Experience Measure.

This measure is an every other year measure and 2014 is the second cycle for Minnesota clinics.  This webinar reviewed the requirement through the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS), as well as walked clinics through the measure specification changes, eligibility assessment process, and timelines for the upcoming year.

Visit the Webinar: Patient Experience of Care event page to listen to the recording, download slides or read the FAQs.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System Webinar: Total Knee Replacement

MNCM, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), presented an informational webinar on April 8, 2014 reviewing the 2014 Total Knee Replacement Measure.

This measure is brand new for 2014 reporting. This 90-minute webinar reviewed the measure specifications and direct data submission process for the upcoming year.

Visit the Webinar: Total Knee Replacement event page to listen to the recording, download slides or read the FAQs.