"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

President’s Letter by Jim Chase

As we thaw out from the harshest winter in 30+ years, I am reflecting on the busy season we had at MN Community Measurement as we rolled out new measures, welcomed new staff, and kicked off new and expanded partnerships. One of the most integral of those partnerships is with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), so I’m excited to let you know that MNCM has renewed its contract with MDH to collect and provide data for several statewide reporting programs.

Our new contract will run through December 31, 2015 and covers the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS), Health Care Homes (HCH) and Community Transformation Grant (CTG) programs.

The renewal of this partnership allows us to draw upon the multi-stakeholder, collaborative process that our community has been using for 10 years to identify and implement measures for statewide reporting. It means clinic and medical group reporting for state programs remains aligned with that used by other stakeholders, such as health plans and some federal programs. Ultimately, this reduces the reporting burden on Minnesota providers.

One area of our contract that has gotten quite a bit of attention from the community is around sharing patient-level data with MDH. For the duration of the contract, medical groups will be able to choose whether they want MNCM to share patient-level data with MDH on a per measure basis. Details about this option are available in the MNCM Data Portal.

We are excited to continue our partnership with MDH, and continue implementing data collection and measurement for these state programs.

Finally, on behalf of myself and our staff, thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

Enjoy the spring!