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    Improving Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Screening and Treatment in Patients with Diabetes: An Opportunity for PIPE Users

    In November, MN Community Measurement launched a new data analysis tool for medical groups and clinics onboarded in PIPE related to CKD screening and intervention for patients with diabetes. The Dashboard is available at no cost and only to participating medical groups (i.e., not publicly reported). Through the dashboard, participants can track how their population with diabetes is doing in terms of appropriate CKD screening, management and treatment. More information on the CKD Dashboard can be found here under “Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Dashboard Initiative”.

    Medical groups can sign up for the dashboard by participating in one of the final two cohorts:

    • Cohort 2 – Deadline to enroll is 4/26 (Access to dashboard begins 5/21)
    • Cohort 3 - Deadline to enroll is 10/25 (Access to dashboard begins 11/19)

    Currently, medical groups will have access to the CKD Dashboard through November 2025. Availability after November 2025 is contingent on continued interest and funding.

    To indicate interest in participating in one of the cohorts, please complete the following form. 

    For questions, please contact 

    CHIRP Milestones: Provider-to-Payer Pilot Concludes, Payer-to-Provider Exchange In Development

    We are excited to bring you the latest updates on the CHIRP program's progress, marking significant milestones in our journey toward facilitated data sharing. First and foremost, the CHIRP Provider to Payer pilot has successfully wrapped up, with the CHIRP standard data now actively being exchanged between participating payers and providers. This initial phase set the stage for a more efficient, streamlined data-sharing process, showcasing the program's potential to enhance collaboration amongst healthcare stakeholders.

    In parallel, we've achieved another crucial development: finalization of the CHIRP Payer to Provider data specifications. This milestone, led by the CHIRP Governance Committee, paves the way for the next phase of the CHIRP program. The committee is diligently working to develop this segment, ensuring that the program's framework supports robust and seamless data exchange from payers back to providers, further closing the loop in healthcare communication to support quality improvement.

    The CHIRP program is actively enrolling health plans and medical groups that wish to be at the forefront of healthcare innovation. This enrollment phase is an open invitation to health plans and medical groups interested in leveraging CHIRP's capabilities to enhance their data exchange processes, improve care delivery, and ultimately contribute to a more integrated and efficient healthcare system.

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

    Now Enrolling PIPE Users: Enhancing CHIRP Data through NCQA's Data Aggregator Validation Program

    Another component to the CHIRP program is the participation in NCQA's Data Aggregator Validation program. We are currently inviting medical groups who have onboarded onto PIPE to join the next cohort of the program, commencing in July. Participation in this prestigious program is a unique opportunity to lead the way in setting high standards for healthcare data quality and reliability.  To ensure your group benefits from this opportunity, we encourage a commitment by April 26. This timeline allows for a thorough preparation process, ensuring your data meets the highest standards of accuracy and completeness.  

    Contact for further interest. 

    Welcome to Our New MNCM Board Members & Thanks to Our Departing Board Members

    We are excited to announce two new board members who are joining the MNCM Board of Directors.

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    Kim DeRoche, MD  
    As Chief of the Primary Care Service Line for M Health Fairview and Physician Chief of Primary Care for Fairview Health Medical Group, Kim oversees all clinical and operational primary care areas for M Health Fairview and the physician/provider members of Fairview Health Medical Group. She is responsible for ensuring our patients receive high-quality, equitable, and accessible care in our ambulatory Primary Care clinics.  Kim has extensive experience in leading innovation efforts and programmatic development and working cross-functionally with community and academic partners.  

    A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, she completed her residency training through the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Health Care Management through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Kim is board certified in Family Medicine and continues to work clinically alongside her colleagues at the M Health Fairview Clinic - New Brighton. 

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    Robert "Clarence" Jones, M.Ed., CHW, CPH   

    Robert "Clarence "Jones is the Executive Director and Community Health Strategist for the Hue-MAN Partnership and a co-host of the Health Chatter podcast. He was the former Director of Community Engagement at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in south Minneapolis. He is an Adjunct Instructor of Medicine for the Mayo Clinic and has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Saint Catherine University in the School of Public Health. He served as a member of the CTSI Executive Leadership team at the University of Minnesota and as a member of the Public Health Disparities Research Board (PHDR) and CEARCH at the University of Minnesota.

    He is a former board member of the Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Mayor's Representative and co-chair for the Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) for the City of Minneapolis, and a National Community Representative for the National Children's Study (NCS). He has received many awards for his community activities and was a recipient of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health "Agency of the Year." 
    Clarence is a founding member of Hue-MAN Partnership, a community collaboration of organizations that promotes "Healthy Men, Healthy Families, and Healthy Communities. Clarence also hosts the "Community Health Dialogue" radio show on KMOJ RADIO, 89.9 FM. 

    Departing Board Members

    MNCM extends our thanks to the following departing members of the MNCM Board of Directors for their service to the organization and the community:

    • Craig Helmstetter, Managing Partner, APM Research Lab – 2 Years of Service
    • Jodi Morris, Manager Total Rewards, Hawkins, Inc. – 3 Years of Service
    • Julie Sonier, MPA,  Former President and CEO, MN Community Measurement – 7 Years of Service

    Minnesota Health Care Disparities by Insurance Type Report and Webinar

    On April 11, MNCM will release the final report in the 2022 MY annual report series – Minnesota Health Care Disparities by Insurance Type. This report is made possible through collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and features a breakdown of measure rates by insurance type (Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) vs Other Payers)There will also be a webinar for the report on May 7th from Noon-1:00 pmRegister for the webinar today. 

    Registration Now Open! Join Us MNCM Annual Conference Wednesday, September 25, 2024 Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park

    Register to attend or join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at the MN Community Measurement Annual Conference 2024! Email for a member discount code for registration.

    You’ll have the opportunity to engage with hundreds of health care providers, payers, business leaders, and more.

    This conference will bring a focus on critical issues related to health care quality, cost, and equity. Attendees represent a diverse network of health and community leaders for a day of educational speakers and meaningful discussions.

    Each year, 200+ health care payers, health care providers, quality managers, employers and business leaders, and policymakers partner together at the MN Community Measurement Annual Conference. They share best practices, lessons learned, achievements, and future plans in the areas of quality measurement, quality improvement, patient care, and cost containment.

    Learn more and download the sponsor and exhibitor prospectus outlining the many benefits to sponsoring and exhibiting. More details on the program coming soon to Conference Central.

    Thanks to Our Conference Sponsors!

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    Ways to Support MNCM

    MNCM values engagement by its members, employers, and industry partners to support MNCM’s mission. Below are several options to support MNCM and engage with us.

    Supporting Membership (for Medical Groups and Advocacy Organizations)

    Supporting membership is a great way to show your support and commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care in our community through collaboration with other stakeholders. It also supports MNCM’s efforts to make quality measurement easier so clinic staff can spend more time on improvement activities. Annual membership dues are designed to be affordable and are based on the size of the medical group based on the number of providers reported by the medical group through annual registration for data submission.

    Benefits of Membership:

    Access to the Data Visualization Portal

    Access to Interactive Benchmarking Tool, allowing you to compare your organization with several other peers on many different facets of quality, performance, and cost;

    Access to MNCM Dynamic Tables 

    Discounts on MNCM Events, including the MNCM Annual Conference;

    View details about supporting membership

    Thank you current, MNCM Supporting members:


    Mission Supporters Program

    The MNCM Mission Supporter Program is for companies that support MNCM’s mission and want to demonstrate support and commitment to improving health care quality, equity, and affordability in our community. This program is designed for those who are not directly involved with the services MNCM provides, but still support the efforts of our organization and those who will benefit from those efforts.

    Supporters will have access to several benefits at two distinct levels. These benefits include recognition through our newsletter, on our website and on social media. Exclusive benefits are also offered to our gold level supporters. View Mission Supporter Program Details. For more information, or to join this program, please reach out to Kathie Pugaczewski at

    Financial support is essential to sustain and grow our objective, unbiased work. Our Mission Supporters help assure our independent work continues.

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