"The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through." -- Sydney J. Harris

NRHI Affordability Summit

The strong work of Minnesota collaboratives to advance health care affordability was highlighted throughout the third annual National Affordability Summit, hosted by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) in Minneapolis in October. The conference focused on sharing national and regional actions underway to advance health care affordability. MNCM President Julie Sonier presented on the power of collaboration, describing the work of Minnesota stakeholders in partnership with MNCM, to illustrate how communities can leverage the power of data to address health, price, and waste. Efforts by Minnesota stakeholders were also highlighted during two panels that discussed how local partnership can be leveraged to address needs related to mental healthcare, and the critical connection between health equity and affordability.


Lucas Nesse Joins MNCM’s Board of Directors

Lucas NesseLucas Nesse joined the Minnesota Council of Health Plans as its President and CEO in October 2019.

Prior to assuming this role Lucas was most recently with the Minnesota Business Partnership and brings deep experience in public policy and team leadership. In his five years at the Minnesota Business Partnership, Lucas served as director of health policy and grassroots advocacy, and was instrumental in the development and implementation of strategic policy initiatives and advocacy plans. Prior to that role, he served in the Minnesota Legislature for 10 years, serving as the legislative director and chief advisor to the Senate leadership during his last four years. Lucas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. He currently resides in Lake Elmo with his wife and two children.


Olmsted Medical Center Joins MNCM as Newest Supporting Member

Olmstead Medical Center

Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) has joined MNCM as a supporting member for 2019/2020. OMC’s mission is to deliver exceptional patient care focusing on caring, quality, safety, and service. OMC’s 168 clinicians join over 1,300 other healthcare professionals serving at 20 locations, including two multi-specialty clinics, a Level IV trauma hospital with 24-hour emergency room, a Skyway Clinic in downtown Rochester, and 11 community branch clinics.

If your organization is interested in hearing about the benefits of the annual supporting membership program, please contact Dina Wellbrock or call 612.454.4829.


Opportunity to Participate in Pilot Testing for Epilepsy Measures

MNCM is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to test measure specification updates to AAN’s measure, Counseling for Women of Childbearing Potential with Epilepsy. MNCM is looking for neurology practices around the region that are interested in participating in this project. Dates of service would include November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020, with submission via a HIPAA-secured File Transfer Protocol (FTP) in mid-November/early December 2020. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Jess Amo at