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MARC Approves Redesign of the Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Measures

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In May, MNCM’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) approved several recommendations for the redesign of the Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery measures. The evolution of these measures offered an opportunity for benchmarking capability and stability.

The TKR measure redesign workgroup, led by Paul Johnson, MD, Medical Director of Joint Care Services at Park Nicollet, voted to support several redesign recommendations that will enhance measure use and reporting:

  • Modify the current measure construct for functional status for 2020 report year (DOS 1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018)
  • Discontinue collection of the three-month measures for 2020 report year
  • Discontinue collection of TKR revision procedures for 2020 report year

For more information, please refer to the summary report.

Feedback about these changes will be accepted at until Friday, June 14, 2019. Questions can be directed to


Direct Data Submission Update


Final Cycle A Risk-Adjusted Results Review Open

Cycle A measures have been approved and final medical group results will be published on in June for the following measures: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Depression Care, Optimal Asthma Control (Adult and Children), Optimal Diabetes Care, and Optimal Vascular Care. Participating medical groups received an email communication on May 16, 2019 to preview the statewide risk-adjusted results prior to public reporting. A separate preview of the Depression Care measures will be communicated very soon.

Preliminary Cycle B Results 

Data submission for Cycle B measures has concluded and data validation continues. Participating medical groups now have the ability to see their individual preliminary results in the MNCM Data Portal for the following measures: Adolescent Mental Health and/or Depression Screening, Spine Surgery Lumbar Discectomy/Laminotomy and Lumbar Fusion, and Total Knee Replacement. Medical groups will have an opportunity to review the preliminary statewide results in late June. A notification e-mail will be sent at that time.

Questions can be directed to or 612.746.4522.


Call for Presentations for Annual Seminar

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MNCM is soliciting proposals for presentations on topics related to improving health care quality and affordability, measurement, and the use of data for our 2019 seminar on September 12. Presentation focus area ideas 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.


Registration Open for MNCM’s 2019 Annual Seminar

Annual Seminar 2019

The 2019 MNCM Annual Seminar will be hosted on Thursday, September 12 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Join your colleagues from across the region for a rich day of information sharing on improving health care quality and affordability.

Come hear about the innovative projects that MNCM is developing around standardized data platforms and reducing reporting burden with automated data extraction systems.

Early bird registration is open until July 19. MNCM supporting member organizations receive a discount for all their staff. Register now. Watch for more details soon!


MNCM Welcomes Two New Supporting Members!

MNCM is pleased to welcome two new members to its family of supporting members – Allina Health and North Memorial Health.

Allina HealthNorth Memorial Hospital

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families, and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at

North Memorial Health is on a mission to change healthcare and prides itself on delivering unmatched customer service and empowering customers throughout the Twin Cities to achieve their best health. Offering a complete spectrum of primary care and specialty services to meet customers’ unique healthcare needs, North Memorial Health provides access to high-quality, low-cost care throughout the Twin Cities. Through its specialty and primary care clinics, home care offering, medical transportation services, and two hospitals – North Memorial Health Hospital and Maple Grove Hospital – North Memorial Health is dedicated to delivering a more connected experience for customers. Learn more at

If your organization is interested in hearing about the benefits of the annual supporting membership program, please contact Dina Wellbrock via email at or phone at 612.454.4829.


2018 Annual Report Released

MNCM has released its 2018 Annual Report highlighting accomplishments in collecting and sharing data to inform improvement on cost, quality and patient experience. We also want to thank the 130 community volunteers who gave of their time, talent, and resources to advance the mission of MNCM through service on the MNCM Board of Directors, committees, and work groups. Read the report.


MNCM Unveils New Mission and Logo

MN Community Measurement’s work focuses on producing trusted data, collaborating to add value, transparent reporting, and innovating to provide meaningful and actionable data that drives improvement. We are excited to unveil a revised mission statement, refreshed commitments to the community, and a new logo that reflect the evolution of our efforts.

Our revised mission statement speaks to the power and impact of the initiatives that are core to our work:

MN Community Measurement empowers health care decision makers with meaningful data to drive improvement.

The commitments to our community are as follows:

  • Be a primary trusted source for health data sharing and measurement
  • Collaborate with our community to prioritize measures that matter most
  • Drive change that improves health, patient experience, cost, and equity of care for everyone
  • Be a transparent resource for providers and patients to improve care
  • Partner with others to use our information to catalyze significant improvements in health
  • Innovate to provide meaningful data to health care decision-makers
  • Provide national leadership in the development of measurement best practices

MNCM’s new logo reflects the organization’s data-sharing efforts and showcases the progress that results from measurement. The varied colors are representative of the variety of health care stakeholders MNCM collaborates with and empowers with data.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support!


National Reports on Alternative Payment Methods, Quality Measurement Systems

If you like to keep track of new developments at the national level in terms of quality measurement and value-based payment, two recent reports may be of interest:

  • In early April, the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a national public-private effort to improve quality and lower health care costs through value-based payment initiatives, published its interactive “Roadmap for Driving High Performance in Alternative Payment Models.” The Roadmap describes current best practices in design of alternative payment methodologies, payer-provider collaboration, and person-centered care.
  • In March, the National Quality Forum published a white paper called “Measurement Systems: A Framework for Next Generation Measurement of Quality in Healthcare.” The paper outlines key aspects of measurement systems that go beyond lists of performance measures. These aspects include objectives/intended use, methods of aggregation, incentive mechanisms, risk adjustment, and attribution.

National Affordability Summit to Be Held in Minneapolis

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual National Affordability Summit, hosted by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). NRHI is a network of nonprofit, multi-stakeholder organizations that work to improve health care through regional collaboration. The Affordability Summit brings together health care leaders, policymakers, and influencers from across the nation. The keynote speaker for this event is Christopher F. Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund.

The Affordability Summit will be held in Minneapolis at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota on October 16. Register now to save your spot.