"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

The Measurement Minute – August 2013

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Welcome to the August 2013 issue of The Measurement Minute, MN Community Measurement’s monthly summary of current news and events. We welcome your feedback!

August President’s Letter

  • By Jim Chase, President of MN Community Measurement – A storm is brewing in Washington over the best way for Medicare to share information that can improve care and support value-based purchasing. While there are probably as many opinions about uses of Medicare data as there are lobbyists in the Beltway, two approaches seem to be getting the most attention. Read more >>

Why consumers care about health data

  • By guest columnist John Santa, M.D., director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center – If we are to achieve affordable and accountable health care, consumers must be empowered to see beyond the status quo to a state of health care that delivers better outcomes. Read more >>

Sixth annual Disparities Report shows progress, but gaps remain

  • According to the new Health Care Disparities Report, the disparities gap is shrinking statewide for children’s asthma care, childhood immunizations, sore throat care and cervical and breast cancer screening. But more work remains to be done to close gaps between people enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs and those enrolled in private, employer-sponsored insurance or Medicare. Read more >>

MARC seeks new members

  • MNCM’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) has openings for five new members. Read more >>

ICD 10 conversion scheduled for fall 2014

  • ICD-10 diagnosis code sets are currently slated to go into effect for billing to Medicare on October 1, 2014. This means that for MN Community Measurement (MNCM) measures, both ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis code sets will need to be used to correctly identify patient denominator and exclusion criteria for data submissions in the 2015 report year. Read more >>