"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

MNCM named as CMS Qualified Entity

MN Community Measurement has been named as a Qualified Entity (QE) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Created as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Data Sharing for Performance Measurement Program allows organizations to combine Medicare claims data from CMS with claims data from other payers to evaluate the performance of providers, services, and suppliers.

This will enable access to data on an additional 700,000 Minnesota Medicare patients. Previously, the Medicare data for MNCM has been limited to patients enrolled in the Medicare Advantage Plans and the QE program will add the non-health plan Fee For Service enrollees.

MNCM is one of 11 QEs in the nation helping CMS improve quality, reduce costs, provide important information to beneficiaries to help them make health care decisions, and increase transparency.

View the CMS press release.

View this article and others in The Measurement Minute — September 2013 newsletter.