Recent Analysis Shows Racial Disparities in Depression Treatment
By Julie Sonier, MNCM President I recently came across an interesting report on racial disparities in depression treatment by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Published in May 2022, I found this report noteworthy for several reasons. First, it directly addresses two topics that have been much in the news and the focus of attention…Read More
President’s Blog | A Vision for Data to Drive Improvement in Health Equity
In my last blog post in June, I wrote about MN Community Measurement’s new strategic plan for 2021 to 2025 and how improvement in health equity is a priority that is embedded in all areas of our work. I’d like to take the opportunity to share information about our past work in this area, what…Read More
President’s Blog | Improving Minnesota Health Care Quality, Affordability, and Equity: Strategic Priorities for 2021-2025
In the past few years, MN Community Measurement’s work has been evolving and changing. Many people know MNCM as an organization that collects and publishes data on health care quality, cost, and equity. Others know us as an organization that has led the nation in developing and using measures of health care quality that hold…Read More
President’s Blog | Together, we can make progress in reducing health disparities.
In recent months, we’ve all experienced a lot of things we likely didn’t expect we’d see this year: the emergence of a pandemic that has had devastating effects worldwide, the need for rapid adaptation to new and previously unthinkable ways of doing things (including how health care is delivered), and the shining of a harsh…Read More
Measurement Blog | Simplifying & Refining Quality Measures to Reduce Burden
In this current day and age of electronic health records (EHRs) it is hard to remember a time when all health records were maintained on paper. Clinical data was collected as a part of a time limited study or a sample, and full population data was almost unheard of. Some of the earliest population-based quality…Read More
President’s Blog | What does the COVID-19 pandemic mean for health care measurement and reporting?
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to upend business as usual in health care, many people are wondering what it will mean for health care quality and cost measurement and reporting. In the near term, there are questions about data collection to measure 2019 health care provider and health plan performance. In the longer term, there…Read More
Collaboration Blog | Depression Care in Minnesota: We can’t let another year go by.
by: Deb Krause, Vice President for Minnesota Health Action Group; and Liz Cinqueonce, Chief Operating Officer for MN Community Measurement MN Community Measurement (MNCM) recently released the 2019 Health Care Quality Report. We want to highlight the good news, the troubling news, and the opportunity — with a special focus on mental health and health…Read More
President’s Blog | MN Community Measurement: Past, Present, and Future
MN Community Measurement (MNCM) has been going through a lot of changes in the last couple of years. Some of the changes are obvious – like new leadership, a new mission statement, new logo, and now a new website. But we’ve also embarked on some ambitious efforts to engage differently with all our stakeholders and,…Read More
Innovation Blog | MNCM Launches New PIPE User Group
By William Muenchow, Director of Information Systems and Technology MN Community Measurement (MNCM) has officially launched its first PIPE User Group (PUG) Community Forum within the MNCM Online Academy! The online forum will allow registered and interested PIPE participants to share ideas and get involved with other organizations that are either in the process of…Read More
Collaboration Blog | March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
By Matt Flory (American Cancer Society) and Jessica Donovan (MN Community Measurement) In Minnesota, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death. Routine screening can detect cancer earlier, even before symptoms occur, which makes it easier to treat. In some cases, precancerous polyps detected during screening can…Read More