"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

2016 Annual Seminar Provided “Excellent Learning Opportunities”

Influential. Fabulous. Excellent learning opportunities. These were a few of the ways attendees described the 2016 MN Community Measurement (MNCM) Annual Seminar.

The 2016 MNCM Annual Seminar, held on September 15, began with a unique view of preparation, measurement, exploration and insight from a polar explorer Ann Bancroft and concluded with a vibrant discussion between the audience and an all physician panel on specialty care measurement.

SAVE THE DATE: September 13, 2017 and plan to attend the 2017 MNCM Annual Seminar!

More than 300 participated the 2016 Annual Seminar. Attendees represented a wide variety of practice sizes and environments, different roles within health care measurement, quality improvement and among providers. And they came from as far away as Ely, Marshall, Fergus Falls, all across the Twin Cities and several from Sioux Falls SD, River Falls, WI and Fargo, ND.

Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with 97% saying that they would attend another MNCM event. Comments from attendees included:

“Really great seminar. Speakers were all very influential and informative. Would definitely attend another MNCM seminar in the future.”

“This was perhaps the most outstanding seminar I have attended. Thank you for providing attendees with a wonderful seminar.”

“Fabulous conference….best yet of the MNCM conferences I have attended.”

“The seminar was great and provided excellent learning opportunities.”

In addition to Bancroft’s stories on exploration and education, attendees heard a panel discuss measurement, clinical impact and advocacy efforts on adolescent depression and mental health care needs; a detailed update on MACRA with Jean Moody-Williams, Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS; Stephen Nelson, MD, of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, on race, racism and health inequity; breakout sessions that provided practical, hands-on information about how to use MNCM data on total cost, improving quality care, health equity and disparities; and a plenary session on specialty measure reporting. Speaker bios and topics covered can be viewed at the Seminar website

Attendees provided feedback on the topics, speakers and the venue. Attendee comments are helpful in providing meaningful content at future MNCM events. Attendees also shared challenges they face and submitted topics and suggestions for future sessions including: Alignment, further information on alignment of state measures with national initiatives and measurement development; Pain management and opioids; Preventing healthcare provider burnout; How small organizations can create change; the intersection of measurement and state health policy; Physician compensation relating to quality measures; Rural health and health care disparities; Care teams; and how other clinics are supporting and improving their measures to learn from others.

The 2017 MNCM Annual Seminar will be held on September 13, 2017 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN.