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    CHIRP Program Advances – Now Enrolling Payer and Provider Participants

    .MN Community Measurement’s CHIRP program facilitates data sharing between health care payers and health care providers. The MNCM website now contains an active list of participants in the program.

    In early 2024, MNCM moved the provider-to-payer data feeds into full production with data transfers occurring monthly. MNCM is assisting healthcare providers that enrolled in CHIRP and onboarded to the PIPE system in completing primary source verification (PSV) through NCQA’s Data Aggregator Validation Program. Once validated, the data they share through CHIRP can be considered standard supplemental data for HEDIS reporting, which will create administrative efficiencies from fewer chart reviews.

    MNCM has also made great progress in preparing to implement the payer-to-provider data feeds. The final data standards and procedures were finalized in March, software development will begin in early fall, piloting of the feeds is expected in fourth quarter, and both components of the program are expected to be in complete exchange by mid-2025 – fulfilling the program’s goal for bi-directional sharing.

    The CHIRP program is actively enrolling participants. If your organization is interested or have any questions, please contact Maegi Yang, CHIRP Program Manager, at

    To learn more about the CHIRP program, review these resources:

    MNCM congratulates the teams at North Memorial Health and Stellis Health on their recent approval as validated data streams effective June 2024.

    MNCARES Study Reveals Patient Support Care Preferences

    A recent MNCARES study reveals patients appreciate the support care coordination provides, and care coordinators are an important touch point for facilitating medical care and health self-sufficiency.

    The key summary for care systems and patient:

    What do patients think about their experience of care coordination?  

    We interviewed 13 patients who began care coordination from 10 different types of primary care clinics in 2021. They reported 3 ways that care coordinators were important to them:

    • They provided a gateway to accessing needed care
    • They provided support and trusted advice
    • They helped patients to navigate, engage, and be educated about their care.

    Key takeaway: Patients appreciate the support care coordination provides, and care coordinators are an important touch point for facilitating medical care and health self-sufficiency.

    Publication date: January 2024

    Citation: Whitebird RR, Solberg LI, JaKa MM, Kindt JM, Bergdall A, Beran MS, Winger M. "Patient experiences and perceptions of care coordination in primary care." Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 2024 Jan 10.

    Welcome New MNCM Board Member Bentley Graves


    Bentley Graves is the Director of Health Care and Transportation Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Chamber in October 2013. A native Iowan, Bentley made his way to Minnesota and the Chamber by way of Washington, D.C., where he spent nearly eight years working on Capitol Hill for an Iowa congressman. Bentley began his time on the Hill as an intern, fresh out of college, and throughout his tenure moved on to hold a number of positions in the Congressman’s office, including Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director, and Chief of Staff. Bentley’s policy experience includes work on small business concerns, health care, transportation, taxes, education, foreign affairs, defense, and federal appropriations. As Chief of Staff, he managed all aspects of the Congressional office and served as a liaison between the Congressman and community, business, and state and local government leaders.


    Bentley graduated cum laude in 2005 from Hillsdale College in Michigan with a degree in Political Economy. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of MN Community Measurement, a non-profit that provides public reporting about health care costs and quality in the state; a member of the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee; and a member of the Advisory Panel for Own Your Future, an initiative designed to help Minnesotans prepare for their Long Term Care needs. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota and the Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee of MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange.

    MNCM Annual Conference
    Wednesday, September 25, 2024
    Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

    or join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at the MN Community Measurement Annual Conference 2024! If your organization is a health plan member or supporting medical group member, please email for a member discount code for registration. 

    Featured Sessions:
    •    Evolution of Value-Based Care: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
    •    The Future of Facilitated Data Sharing in Minnesota
    •    Care Coordination Design and Impact: What did we learn from the MNCARES Study?
    •    Understanding What Works through Collaborative Research Partnerships
    •    Navigating a Post Pandemic Landscape: How Minnesota Health Care Stakeholders are Adjusting to a New Normal
    •    Data Informed Strategies to Advance Health Equity in Minnesota
    •    Innovative Connections: Revolutionizing Diabetes and Kidney Care through Collaboration
    •    Taking Action on Social Risk Factors Through Cross-Sector Collaboration

    Register at Conference Central by August 1 to save $50.

    Thank You to Our Sponsors & Exhibitors!

    Benefits of Sponsoring and Exhibiting

    Thanks to our exhibitors to date for this year's conference:

    Partner Webinar Opportunity:
    All About HTAC: Using EHR Data to Advance Community Health

    Hennepin County Public Health, in collaboration with the Minnesota EHR Consortium and the Center for Community Health invites you to All About HTAC: Using EHR Data to Advance Community Health. This event will include an informational presentation on the new Health Trends Across Communities in Minnesota (HTAC) project, a demonstration of the HTAC dashboard, and time at the end for discussion and Q&A.

    We believe this event will be particularly relevant to those who use data for community health assessments, health promotion, program planning and evaluation, and other areas of public health. Please feel welcome to share this invitation with your networks.
    Tuesday, July 30th - 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Click to register

    Presenters: Dr. Tyler Winkelman, Co-Director, Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice Lab, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute | Renee Van Siclen, Data Scientist, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute | Dave Johnson, Epidemiology, Informatics, and ImmuTrack Manager, Hennepin County Public Health |Amy Leite Bennett, Head of Analytics, Health Line of Business, Hennepin County Health and Human Services

    We hope to see you there! For any questions or concerns, please contact Abby Jessen at

    Upcoming Reports, Releases & Webinars

    Minnesota Health Care Quality Report Part 1: Clinical Quality Measures Reported by Medical Groups (Measurement Year 2023) October 24th, 2024 November 14th, 2024
    Health Care Cost and Utilization Report November 28th, 2024 December 12th, 2024
    Minnesota Health Care Quality Report Part 2: Clinical Quality Measures Reported by Payers (Measurement Year: 2023) January 9, 2025 January 30th, 2025
    Disparities by RELC February 6th, 2025 February 27th, 2025
    Disparities by Insurance Type April 17th, 2025 May 8th, 2025

    Supporting the MNCM Mission

    MNCM extends our thanks to our current health plan members, supporting medical group members, and mission supporters that actively support and provide funding needed to further our mission.

    We invite all stakeholders to join us in supporting this vital effort to empower health care decision makers with meaningful data to drive improvement.

    To learn more about our supporting medical group membership and mission supporter programs, please visit our website at To inquire about health plan membership, please contact Kathie Pugaczewski at