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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

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.

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MNCM Releases Two Reports on Disparities

MNCM recently released two new reports on health care disparities:

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Call for Presentations for Annual Seminar

Annual Seminar 2019

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.

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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 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!

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Expanded Supporting Membership Program Launched

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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.

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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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