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MNCM Unveils New Mission and Visual Identity

MN Community Measurement’s work focuses on producing trusted data, collaborating to add value, transparent reporting, and innovating to reduce burden. We are excited to unveil our new logo, a revised mission statement, and refreshed commitments to the community that reflect the evolution of our efforts.

MNCM’s new logo reflects the organization’s data-sharing efforts and showcases the progress that results from measurement. The varied colors are representative of the variety of health care stakeholders MNCM collaborates and empowers with data.

Our revised mission statement speaks to the power and impact of the initiatives that are core to our organization:

MN Community Measurement empowers health care decision makers with meaningful data to drive improvement.

The commitments to our community are as follows:

  • Be the primary trusted source for health data sharing and measurement
  • Collaborate with our community to prioritize measures that matter most
  • Drive change that improves health, patient experience, cost, and equity of care for everyone
  • Be a transparent resource for providers and patients to improve care
  • Partner with others to use our information to catalyze significant improvements in health
  • Innovate to provide meaningful data to health care decision makers
  • Provider national leadership in the development of measurement best practices

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support!

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National Reports on Alternative Payment Methods, Quality Measurement Systems

If you like to keep track of new developments at the national level in terms of quality measurement and value-based payment, two recent reports may be of interest:

  • In early April, the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a national public-private effort to improve quality and lower health care costs through value-based payment initiatives, published its interactive “Roadmap for Driving High Performance in Alternative Payment Models.” The Roadmap describes current best practices in design of alternative payment methodologies, payer-provider collaboration, and person-centered care.
  • In March, the National Quality Forum published a white paper called “Measurement Systems: A Framework for Next Generation Measurement of Quality in Healthcare.” The paper outlines key aspects of measurement systems that go beyond lists of performance measures. These aspects include objectives/intended use, methods of aggregation, incentive mechanisms, risk adjustment, and attribution.
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Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) 3rd Annual National Affordability Summit

NRHI’s next Affordability Summit will be held in Minneapolis at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota campus on October 16, 2019. The Affordability Summit brings together health care leaders, policymakers, and influencers taking urgent action to achieve affordable care for millions of Americans. The keynote speaker is Christopher F. Koller, President of Milbank Memorial Fund. Register now to save your spot.

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Two New Board Members Join MNCM

Patsy Riley from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and Clarissa Cox from PreferredOne have joined MNCM’s Board of Directors.

Patsy RileyPatsy is currently serving as the interim president and chief executive officer for the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. Her past leadership experience includes roles at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Stratis Health, Allina Health, UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna. She was recently named to serve on the Board of Directors of Lifeworks. Patsy previously served as a board member at the American Heart Association Greater Midwest Affiliates, Children’s Theatre Company, and Perspectives. She was named one of the Top 50 Women Business Leaders in 2016 and was the Inaugural Recipient of the Blue Cross Patsy Riley Health Equity Award at Blue Shield of Minnesota in 2017. Patsy also received the Pinnacle Award from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust in 2018, recognizing her lifetime achievements and contributions to health care in Minnesota.

Clarissa CoxClarissa Cox, a senior health care executive, joined PreferredOne in January 2019 as their vice president of clinical operations and care transformation. Clarissa is responsible for the oversight of the organization’s health management programs, including utilization management, case management, disease management, risk adjustment, and quality program functions, also ensuring an integrated approach for medical and pharmacy services.

Prior to joining PreferredOne, Clarissa served as vice president of population health at Network Health in Menasha, Wisconsin. Prior to joining Network Health, Clarissa, served as the vice president of clinical integration at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s, the largest nonprofit health system dedicated to health care transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. Clarissa earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Alverno College and her MBA from Marquette University, both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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MNCM Welcomes New Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) Co-Chair

Sue Knudson, MAMNCM is pleased to welcome Sue Knudson, MA, as the new co-chair of MARC. Sue Knudson is senior vice president and chief health engagement and informatics officer at HealthPartners. She has responsibility for the leadership and oversight of health and care engagement, pharmacy and dental strategic direction, and operations aiming to improve health outcomes and wellbeing for patients and members. Her accountabilities also include oversight of health plan quality and associated programs and services to support achievement of improved health, experience, and affordability. Sue has been an actively engaged MARC member for over seven years. She joins Rahshana Price-Isuk, MD, medical director at Neighborhood HealthSource who serves as the other co-chair.

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MNCM Presents at e-Health Summit in June

MN Community Measurement will be presenting at the 15th Annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on June 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The presentation, “Software Robotics: From Sci-Fi to the Work Place,” will focus on the history of software robotics, multi-industry application, and how the MNCM Process Intelligence Performance Engine (PIPE) utilizes software robotics for data extraction and other use cases. The presentation will include a software robotics demonstration. We encourage everyone who is interested in this new technology to attend.

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MNCM Releases Two Reports on Disparities

The reports “2018 Minnesota Health Care Disparities Report by Insurance Type” and “2018 Minnesota Health Care Disparities by Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Country of Origin (RELC)” were released on Wednesday, April 17.

Health Care Disparities by Insurance Type” summarizes quality measures for patients enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and makes comparisons by insurance type. It also highlights high performing medical groups for the MHCP patient population. This report focuses on the managed care components of Minnesota’s Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs. As enrollment in these programs continues to increase, this report helps the state and health care providers identify opportunities to improve health care and health outcomes for people served by state programs. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with MNCM to produce the report.

Health Care Disparities by RELC” features statewide and medical group performance rates stratified by race, Hispanic ethnicity, preferred language, and country of origin. In Minnesota, communities of color experience significantly higher rates of chronic and infectious diseases, illnesses, and premature death. According to the Minnesota State Demographic Center, populations of color are expected to continue to increase faster than the white non-Hispanic population, increasing to 25 percent of the total state population by 2035. As a result, the current challenge of addressing health disparities will become even more important over time.

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Call for Presentations for Annual Seminar

Last year was the first time we released a “Call for Presentations” for MNCM’s Annual Seminar, and it was a huge success! We will continue to solicit relevant topics in health care quality, measurement, and improvement for our 2019 seminar. Presentation focus areas include:

  • Effective strategies to improve health equity and reduce disparities
  • Advancing quality through collaboration and effective use of data in all communities
  • Leveraging performance data to target interventions and improve quality
  • Leveraging cost data to inform strategies for advancing affordability

The submission deadline for a presentation outline is May 31. Interested? Submit your presentation proposal.

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Save the Date for the MNCM 2019 Annual Seminar!

The 2019 MNCM Annual Seminar will be hosted on Thursday, September 12, at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center. Join your colleagues in health care quality improvement for a rich day of information sharing around innovations in data collection and sharing, cost containment, alignment in measure development, and more.

Early bird registration is open. Register now. Watch for more details soon!

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Expanded Supporting Membership Program Launched

Membership LogoMNCM recognizes that all health care stakeholders have an important role to play in advancing improvement in health care cost and quality, and we rely on the active engagement of stakeholders to help us deliver resources to the community that are timely, actionable, and relevant.

Membership supports MNCM’s efforts to make quality measurement easier, more meaningful, and to increase transparency of reporting.

MNCM launched an expanded supporting membership program in March reaching out to all medical groups. Members receive the following new benefits:

  • Customized “Annual Medical Group Benchmarking Report”
  • Annual Seminar registration discounts
  • Website recognition of your support on our corporate site, www.mncm.org
  • Early notice of committee and workgroup openings

Please email Dina Wellbrock or call 612-454-4829 for membership information.

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Direct Data Submission Update

Data submission for Cycle B measures is underway! Measures include Adolescent Mental Health and/or Depression Screening, Spine Surgery (Lumbar Discectomy/Laminotomy and Lumbar Fusion), and Total Knee Replacement.

The submission deadline is May 10. Instructions are available on the MNCM Data Portal Resources tab for registered users or here.

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Minnesota Disparities Reports Highlight Gaps in Quality Measures by Insurance Type and by Race, Ethnicity, Language and Country of Origin

MN Community Measurement (MNCM), an independent nonprofit organization that empowers health care decision makers with meaningful data to drive improvement, has released two reports that present information on disparities by insurance type and by race, ethnicity, language, and country of origin data for measures collected by MNCM in 2018, including online appendices with comparisons by medical group and clinic.

Disparities by Insurance Type

The report “2018 Minnesota Health Care Disparities by Insurance Type” summarizes quality measures for patients enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and makes comparisons by insurance type. It also highlights high performing medical groups for the MHCP patient population. This report focuses on the managed care components of Minnesota’s Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs. As enrollment in these programs continues to increase, the “2018 Minnesota Health Care Disparities by Insurance Type” helps the state and health care providers identify opportunities to improve health care and health outcomes for people served by state programs. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with MNCM to produce the report.

Key Findings

Statewide MHCP rates for the quality measures included in the report are consistently and significantly lower than other insurance types. The gap between MHCP and other insurance types has significantly narrowed over time for four measures but widened for two measures. One notable trend is that colorectal cancer screening for MHCP patients has increased by over eight percentage points since 2011.

“The annual disparities report helps highlight the need to continue efforts to advance equity in our state and achieve the goals of One Minnesota,” says DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey. “DHS embraces the role that we can play and is committed to building on the work with our partners and communities to reduce disparities and help ensure equitable health outcomes for all Minnesotans.”

Disparities by Race, Ethnicity, Language and Country of Origin

The report “2018 Minnesota Health Care Disparities by Race, Hispanic Ethnicity, Language and Country of Originfeatures statewide and medical group performance rates stratified by race, Hispanic ethnicity, preferred language, and country of origin. In Minnesota, communities of color experience significantly higher rates of chronic and infectious diseases, illnesses, and premature death. According to the Minnesota State Demographic Center, populations of color are expected to continue to increase faster than the white non-Hispanic population, increasing to 25 percent of the total state population by 2035. As a result, the current challenge of addressing health disparities will become even more important over time.

Key Findings

This report illustrates that the range of quality measure results (lowest to highest) by preferred language has narrowed over time for colorectal cancer screening and for adolescent mental health and/or depression screening (see pages 19 and 21 of the report). In general, quality measures for American Indian, African American, and Hispanic Minnesotans are significantly below the statewide rate on most measures. For most measures, people who speak Hmong, Karen, Somali, and Spanish have rates that are significantly below the statewide average.

“Minnesota is unique in having this data that help us to identify disparities in health care quality measures,” says MN Community Measurement President Julie Sonier. Understanding disparities is a necessary first step toward addressing them effectively. Monitoring disparities over time also gives us the ability to celebrate progress like the significant increases in colorectal cancer screening for African American patients.”

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