MN Community Measurement is pleased to announce the release of our annual report highlighting health care quality measures for medical groups and clinics in Minnesota.
The “2019 Minnesota Health Care Quality Report” includes data on measures for preventive care, care for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, depression care, and other measures. An appendix to the report includes detailed quality information for 213 medical groups and 948 clinics in Minnesota and neighboring states, and consumers can also search the data using an interactive tool at www.mnhealthscores.org.
Here are some report highlights:
Dr. Steven V. Inman was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in June of 1978, followed by a Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Minnesota Medical School in June of 1982. After a six-month medical student exchange program with the British National Health Service in Glasgow, Scotland, he went on to pediatric residency training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, which he completed in June of 1985.
Immediately after finishing residency, Dr. Inman became a partner at Pediatric Services, PA in Minneapolis, where he has practiced general pediatrics for the past 35 years.
Dr. Inman has also been active in both hospital and network governance, having completed a five-year term as Chief of Staff Elect/Chief of Staff at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in 2001 and served on the board of directors for Children’s Physician Network. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Children’s Health Network.
The next Health Care Quality Report is scheduled to be released at the end of February. Watch for this important report that provides information on statewide measure results and trends, and highest performing medical groups for each measure.
MNCM extends our congratulations to two key partners receiving recent awards from the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI):
The MNCM Data Portal is open for data submission of all clinical quality measures. The 2020 data submission deadlines are as follows:
- February 14: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Optimal Asthma Control & Asthma Education and Self-Management, Optimal Diabetes Care, Optimal Vascular Care
- February 28: Depression Care Measures
- March 20: Adolescent Mental Health and/or Depression Screening
If you haven’t already done so, please register your clinics and providers and complete the pre-submission certification step.
MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) is seeking applications to fill nine positions whose terms expired in December 2019. The committee is seeking members for the following positions:
- Health Plan representative (two openings)
- Consumer representative (two openings)
- Government agency representative (one opening)
- Provider from a non-metro medical group (one opening)
- Provider from large metro medical group (one opening)
- Provider from a specialist group (one opening)
- Hospital representative (one opening)
Previous members whose terms have expired may reapply, but we encourage new potential members to apply as well.
The November 2019 Measurement Minute is ready to view here.
MNCM is temporarily suspending data collection and reporting of the Symptom Control During Chemotherapy (SCDC) measures and spine surgery and total knee replacement measures for 2020.
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.
On November 7, MN Community Measurement released its 2019 Health Care Cost and Utilization report. The report highlights health care cost trends and drivers of cost growth throughout the state of Minnesota and includes data that consumers, employers, and others can use to compare costs of different providers.
Lucas 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.
Annual clinic and provider registration has opened for all Minnesota physician clinics and other medical groups for 2020 clinical quality reporting. Key dates for reporting clinical quality measures via MNCM’s Direct Data Submission process are as follows: