At MN Community Measurement, we believe data is powerful and we’re using it to lead the improvement of health care in our region. We work with doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, purchasers, and state agencies to design measures. We then collect, analyze, and share actionable data on health care quality and cost.
2000 – 2005
Health plan medical directors began discussing opportunities to collaborate on medical group performance reporting and agreed to pilot joint data collection and reporting for diabetes measures in 2001. The Community Measurement Project was formalized in 2002. In 2004, the first Health Care Quality Report and online performance rates were made available. MN Community Measurement (MNCM) was incorporated as a 501c-3 non-profit charitable organization in 2005.
2006 – 2010
MNCM gained a national reputation for its work in quality measurement and development of measures focused on patient reported outcomes. A new data submission process was created to gather data directly from medical groups and data was used for the first time for pay-for-performance through the Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program. Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Aligning Forces for Quality grant program provided resources to launch MNHealthScores to make quality data available to the public. MNCM contracted with the MN Department of Health to support the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS).
2011 – 2015
MNCM measures gained traction at the national level with measures adopted in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) measurement program, and the Meaningful Use program. MNCM made new strides in leveraging data to shed light on disparities in health care quality – releasing the first statewide reports on Health Care Disparities in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. MNCM also published the nation’s first statewide public report on total cost of care (TCOC).
2016 – Present
MNCM’s recent history has been focused on continuation of its core measurement and reporting work, and advocating for the inclusion of MNCM measures in federal programs in order to advance alignment. MNCM is also engaging with the community to evolve the way measurement is done to reduce burden, increase timeliness, and make it more actionable – and to partner on innovation projects that address challenges in the way data is shared between providers and payers for population health management and quality improvement.
As a collaboration-based nonprofit organization, MNCM draws expertise and direction from a diverse group of leaders who represent a variety of health care stakeholders, including consumers.
- Board Chair - Mark Matthias, MD, Physician Vice President, Acute Care Division, CentraCare
- Vice Chair - Joseph Bianco, MD, Director, Primary Care, Essentia Health
- Treasurer - Mary Ellen Wells, FACHE, Consumer Representative
- President & Secretary - Julie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement (ex-officio)
- Abdirahman Abdi, MHA, Chief Financial Officer, Hennepin Health
- Matt Anderson, JD, Assistant Commissioner Health Care and Medicaid Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Cara Broich, RN, CPHQ, Senior Director, Quality & Clinical Advancement, Medica
- Molly Clark, PharmD, MHA, Vice President Safety, Quality, & Population Health, Allina Health
- Jon Christianson, PhD, James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
- Andy Cochrane, MHA, Chief Hospital Officer, North Memorial Health
- Patrick Courneya, MD, Chief Health Plan Medical Officer, HealthPartners
- Bentley Graves, Director of Health Care and Transportation Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
- Gregory Hanley, MBA, FACHE, CPHQ, Vice President Quality Management & Population Health, UCare
- Steven Inman, MD, Pediatric Services, PA
- Mariam Mohamed, Consumer Representative
- Jodi Morris, MBA, Global Benefits Manager, Graco
- Claire Neely, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Clinical System Improvement (ex-officio)
- Lucas Nesse, JD, President & CEO, Minnesota Council of Health Plans (ex-officio)
- Mark Steffen, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
- Beth Thomas, DO, FACS, General Surgeon, Physician Executive
HR & Administration
MN Community Measurement is looking for people who thrive on creating exceptional results and relationships. MNCM careers provide competitive pay and benefits in a collaborative and supportive work environment. We foster a dynamic atmosphere that values collaboration, credibility, responsive services and innovative solutions. We are dedicated to working with those who believe that improvement is best supported through measurement and data that is meaningful and actionable. If this sounds like you, please join us.
Graduate Student Intern for Health Care Data Analysis
MNCM is seeking a graduate-level intern to provide analysis support for a pilot project MNCM is conducting behalf of a larger multi-stakeholder effort led by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, and Minnesota Hospital Association. The goal of the project is to improve the efficiency of health care spending in Minnesota. The scope of the project includes analyzing claims data from multiple payers, which is a crucial component of demonstrating the feasibility and value of a multi-stakeholder collaborative that uses a common set of tools and metrics to advance high-value care more effectively than any single stakeholder could on its own. The underlying research will study high-cost ancillary services that may not provide useful information for diagnosis or treatment, and therefor have no effect on clinical management or outcomes.
This is a short-term, paid internship project, that will run from approximately mid-March - July 2021. Exact dates to be determined, dependent on data availability. Expected total of approximately 120 hours.