"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

Changes to Optimal Asthma Care Measure Announced

After a robust review process and rich community discussion, MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) has voted to remove the written asthma management plan component from the Optimal Asthma Care composite measure.

This change will be effective beginning with the 2015 report year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 dates of service), and will not impact ongoing 2014 data submission or reporting.

MNCM, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, strives to continually assess the value of quality measures utilized by the community and stakeholders. We rely heavily on empirical evidence and community input as we consider changes to measure specifications. Diverse perspectives are heard and carefully considered. We believe this transparent, multi-stakeholder process allows us to have an aligned set of measures that everyone can use, which benefits patients, providers and the community.

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