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MNCM Annual Seminar Draws 300+ To Share Best Practices

The MN Community Measurement Annual Seminar 2017, held on September 13, began with insight from journalist and local broadcasting legend Don Shelby (picture at right) and continued throughout the day with astute discussions, interactive breakout sessions, useful education, ideas and best practices.

Morning speakers included Tim Hernandez, MD, MNCM Board Chair, Don Shelby, new MNCM President Julie Sonier, a panel on health equity featuring moderators Daniel Trajano, MD, and Gaye Adams Massey and panelists Clarence Jones with Southside Community Health Services, Matt Flory with the American Cancer Society and Molly Duerr with the American Diabetes Association. The final morning speaker was National Quality Forum President and CEO Shantanu Agrawal, MD (picture below) with perspectives on the national quality measurement scene and the current view of health reform from Washington, DC.

SAVE THE DATE: Hold September 12, 2018 and plan to attend the Annual Seminar 2018!

A brief power outage at the event center dimmed the lights momentarily before Jennifer DeCubellis and Ross Owen illuminated the room with insight into the cross system measurement and approach used to improve community health in the state’s largest and most diverse county, Hennepin County, in the bonus lunch plenary session.

Interactive and informational breakout sessions began the afternoon. The three breakouts were repeated for the convenience of attendees so that any one attendee could attend and participate in the two breakout sessions that best matched and met their interests. The sessions were:

  • Patient Experience – Disparities and Community Efforts with presenters Lois Brown of the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, JooHee Pomplun a consultant with the Hmong American Partnership and Dina Wellbrock of MNCM.
  • Cost of Care Trends and Strategies with presenters Allan Baumgarten publisher of Baumgarten’s Health Market Reviews and Gunnar Nelson of MNCM.
  • Measurement On-a-Stick Development, Process & Alignment with presenters Anne Snowden, Collette Pitzen and Amy Krier of MNCM.

The final afternoon session was an engaging plenary panel titled, “In the New World-The Impact of Variation.” The variation panel was moderated by Daniel Trajano, MD, and featured panelists Sarah Crane MD with Mayo Clinic, Mike Van Scoy MD with Essentia Health and Professor Jon Christianson PhD with the University of Minnesota.

Speaker bios and topics covered can be viewed at the Seminar website

More than 300 participated the Annual Seminar 2017. Attendees represented vastly different roles within health care measurement, quality improvement and a wide variety of practice sizes and environments among providers of various levels and experience. They came from Ely, Fergus Falls and Rochester, all across the Twin Cities and several from South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Feedback from attendees was very positive, with 92% saying that they would attend another MNCM event.

The MNCM Annual Seminar 2018 will be held on September 12, 2018 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN.