Patsy Riley from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and Clarissa Cox from PreferredOne have joined MNCM’s Board of Directors.
Patsy 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 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.
MNCM 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.
MNCM’s Will Muenchow will be presenting at the 15th Annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on June 13. 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 MNCM’s efforts to streamline data extraction and measurement to attend.
MNCM recently released two new reports on health care disparities:
Last year was the first time MNCM released a “Call for Presentations” for MNCM’s Annual Seminar, and it was a huge success! Once again, MNCM is soliciting proposals for presentations on topics related to improving health care quality and affordability for our 2019 seminar. Ideas for presentation focus areas include:
- Effective strategies to improve health equity and reduce disparities
- Advancing quality and affordability through collaboration and effective use of data
- Leveraging performance data to target interventions that improve quality and affordability
The submission deadline for a presentation outline is May 31. Interested? Submit your presentation proposal.
The 2019 MNCM Annual Seminar will be hosted on Thursday, September 12, at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center. Join your colleagues from across the region for a rich day of information sharing around innovations to improve health care quality and affordability.
Early bird registration is open until July. Register now. Watch for more details soon!
MNCM 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.
MNCM has recently launched an expanded supporting membership program with new membership benefits. Membership dues support MNCM’s efforts to drive health care improvement and to make quality measurement easier, more meaningful, and more actionable.
Please email Dina Wellbrock or call 612-454-4829 for information on how to become a supporting member of MNCM.
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.
Two new members have joined MNCM’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC): Christopher Restad, MD and Lori Bethke, MD.
Dr. Christopher Restad
Dr. Restad is a doctor of osteopathy at Fairview Health Services. He has been the senior medical director of quality and patient safety at HealthEast primary care clinics and is currently serving in leadership roles in the Fairview ambulatory quality and safety departments. While serving in the Air Force, he participated in all levels of quality care metrics from local tracking to advisory councils with the Air Force surgeon general for ambulatory, surgical, and hospital settings. Chris will be serving on MARC as a large metro medical group representative.
Dr. Lori Bethke
Dr. Lori Bethke graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine and completed her residency at United Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003. Since then, she has worked at Entira Family Clinics practicing full spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics. She has served on Entira’s Board of Directors for the past eight years, as well as several other Entira committees. In addition, she sits on the HealthEast OB/GYN Peer Review and Clinical Council Committee. Dr. Bethke precepts residents at Phalen Village Family Medicine Program and enjoys hosting medical students in her medical practice from time to time. She was recently named Chief Medical Officer at Entira Family Clinics and is excited to serve in this new role. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage sons – especially doing outdoor activities.
In November 2018, ICSI, StratisHealth, and MNCM facilitated an Affordability Summit attended by key community stakeholders interested in coming together to discuss affordability – currently a critical component impacting health care.
That day’s learnings and the three key priorities were summarized in an issue brief. This is the beginning of important collaborative work that Minnesota leads to address the high cost of health care.
Read The Issue Brief »
In February, MNCM released the “2018 Minnesota Health Care Quality Report.” This report summarizes all clinical quality measures collected by MNCM in 2018, including an online appendix with comparisons by medical group and clinic. Several medical groups are recognized for achieving high performance on at least 50 percent of the measures for which they were eligible. View the report.
The “2018 Minnesota Health Care Disparities Report by Insurance Type” and “2018 Disparities Report by Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Country of Origin” are expected to be released in early April. Watch for the press release soon!
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently submitted a report to the legislature on their work defining a quality measurement framework for the future of Minnesota. The report synthesizes the first phase of the project where information was collected from the community and workgroup regarding what the framework should contain and do.
You may access the report, a summary fact sheet, and other information by visiting the Quality Framework webpage. MDH will continue to provide updates on framework development – including opportunities for input – through the webpage and announcements.
See the Quality Measurement Framework »