Training and Guidance

MN Community Measurement offers a variety of resources and training opportunities to support medical groups and clinics directly submitting data to the organization. All trainings are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

This section is designed for professionals who are familiar with the data submission process or who have access to the data portal. Included here is a quick reference to the most current data submission guides and reference handbooks.

Check back often to see our updates to available data submission processes and training opportunities.

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 for 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.

MNCM training calendar

Updates and training opportunities

MN Community Measurement offers a variety of training opportunities to support medical groups and clinics interested in taking part in performance measurement by directly submitting data to the organization. All trainings are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

Question & Answer (Q&A) call-in sessions

Every third Thursday of the month from Noon-12:30 pm

Mark your calendars! Join our monthly conference calls to hear updates on different MNCM topics and participate in the question-and-answer session. View the training calendar to see the topics for a specific month, or download the PDF of all topics proposed for the calendar year. There is no need to RSVP for these events, just dial in and join us on the call!

Join the call at 1-866-613-5223
Access Code: 8873461
Questions? Email

Training Webinars

2015 Clinic and Provider Registration Webinars

This webinar, presented by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) & MN Community Measurement, provides an overview of Clinic and Provider Registration for 2015, as well as all measures to be submitted in 2015.

The webinar was presented twice, on January 13, 2015  and  January 15, 2015. The information was identical in both webinars.

New Cholesterol Component: Statin Use – for Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care Webinar

MNCM presented an informational webinar to provide an overview of the new statin focused cholesterol component for the Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care measures. This measurement change will impact data submission for patients receiving care for dates of service in calendar year 2015 for 2016 reporting.

Please click on the dates listed above for information about how to play back the webinar recordings, or visit the MNCM Events page.

Total Cost of Care Measure Webinars

MNCM has publicly reported clinical quality metrics for more than a decade; and last fall, we released the results of the first-ever statewide patient experience survey. Now we are nearing the release of Minnesota’s first Total Cost of Care (TCOC) measure.

For the past 18 months, MNCM has worked with a technical advisory group to create a standardized and risk-adjusted TCOC measure. The advisory group consists of representatives from medical groups, health plans, medical groups, purchasers and consumers. After extensive measure development and testing, we will release cost reports to medical groups this Fall, with public reporting possible on MNHealthScores later this year.

MN Community Measurement will host two webinars to review the details of the TCOC measure and the reports that will be released to medical groups this fall.

Webinar: Review of 2014 Patient Experience Measure

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and MNCM will be presenting an informational webinar 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 will review the requirement through the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS), walk clinics through the measure specification changes, eligibility assessment process, and timelines for the upcoming year.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) Informational Webinars

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and MNCM presented an informational webinar reviewing 2014 clinic and provider registration processes and clinical data submission requirements for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). The webinar reviewed physician clinic registration and data submission requirements as well as 2014 timelines.

Please click on the dates listed above for information about how to play back the webinar recordings, or visit the MNCM Events page.

Getting Started with Clinical Quality Reporting – the How-to’s of Submitting Data

MN Community Measurement and the Minnesota Department of Health will present a webinar on October 31 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. for physician clinic staff to provide extra guidance to clinics who may be new to the data submission process and serve as a refresher for current users. The webinar will provide review of the data submission process through the MNCM  Data Portal and will include a live portal demonstration. Tools and resources will also be reviewed during the webinar.

  • The Minnesota Medical Association will host the webinar. Online registration is now open or you can visit
  • There is a limit to the number of participants, but there will be a recording available of the webinar. An announcement will be sent when the recording is available. Please contact Alison Helm at MNCM for more information if you are unable to attend.

The MNCM Data Portal

The MNCM Data Portal is a secure online tool to facilitate submission of clinical data by medical groups and clinics for performance measurement (“direct data submission” or DDS). The portal also includes quality improvement functions to assist medical groups and clinics in using the data internally.

All registered medical groups can use the portal to update contact information appearing on MN HealthScores. The portal is available to medical groups and clinics in Minnesota and surrounding border communities.

Data collection guides

Physician clinics

Physician clinics may choose either Direct Data Submission (DDS) or Summary Data Submission (SDS).

Direct data submission (DDS) guides

Cycle A data submission measures (formerly known as Winter Cycle)
Cycle B data submission measures
Cycle C data submission measures (formerly known as Summer Cycle)
Please use the following data field specifications documents together with the DDS guides above to submit and collect data to MNCM:

Patient Experience Survey

MNCM will administer, collect and aggregate the Patient Experience of Care Survey results for 2014. The Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) and the Health Care Homes (HCH) programs require all eligible clinics to participate. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to learn more about this requirement.

The 2014 Patient Experience Data Collection Guide outlines the steps for clinics to assess eligibility and participate in the 2014 measure of patient experience of care. The guide also outlines all steps required of CAHPS-certified survey vendors who contract with Minnesota clinics. Included with the measure specifications are the timeline milestones for clinics and survey vendors.

The Race/Ethnicity/Language (REL) data handbook

Developed by MN Community Measurement in collaboration with medical groups and community members, the Handbook establishes a standard set of data elements for collecting race, ethnicity and language data from medical groups and clinics that participate in MNCM’s Direct Data Submission. Besides presenting the data elements to be collected, the Handbook outlines the case for collecting these data, tips on how to establish a successful data collection system, and ideas for how to use the data to improve quality.

An addendum to the Handbook was created in October of 2010 and examines collecting REL data in children or persons under 18. The pdf above includes the entire Handbook including the addendum. To view the addendum as a separate document, click here.

SQRMS, HCH and CTG data elements

This password-protected file is available as background for clinics and medical groups who are participating in the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS), Health Care Homes (HCH) and Community Transformation Grant (CTG) programs.

Data review

Password-protected files available for review and comment as part of the data submission and validation process.

File: No files are available for review at this time.