Training and Guidance

MN Community Measurement offers a variety of resources and training opportunities to support medical groups and clinics directly submitting data to the organization. All trainings are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. This section is designed for professionals who are familiar with the data submission process or who have access to the data portal. Included here is a quick reference to the most current data submission guides and reference handbooks. Check back often to see our updates to available data submission processes and training opportunities.

The MNCM Data Portal

The MNCM Data Portal is a secure online tool to facilitate submission of clinical data by medical groups and clinics for performance measurement (“direct data submission” or DDS). The portal also includes quality improvement functions to assist medical groups and clinics in using the data internally. All registered medical groups can use the portal to update contact information appearing on MN HealthScores. The portal is available to medical groups and clinics in Minnesota and surrounding border communities.

A recorded webinar and slides about registration are available on the MNCM Data Portal Resources tab for registered users. If you are not a registered user, please click here to request an account.

Direct data submission (DDS) guides

Data Submission Measures

View Data submission measures 

  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular
  • Asthma
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Adolescent Mental Health and/or Depression Screening

Supplemental Specifications

View Supplemental Specifications

  • Insurance specifications
  • RELC specifications
  • RELC Data Handbook

The Race/Ethnicity/Language (RELC) data handbook

Developed by MN Community Measurement in collaboration with medical groups and community members, the Handbook establishes a standard set of data elements for collecting race, ethnicity and language data from medical groups and clinics that participate in MNCM’s Direct Data Submission. Besides presenting the data elements to be collected, the Handbook outlines the case for collecting these data, tips on how to establish a successful data collection system, and ideas for how to use the data to improve quality.

Data review

Password protected files available for review and comment as part of the data submission and validation process.

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Webinars, presentations, guides and helpful tips.

  • Educational recorded webinars and slides about the Cycle A and Cycle B measure specifications and data submission are available in the MNCM Data Portal Resources tab for registered users. If you are not a registered user and intend to submit data on behalf of a medical group, please click here to request an account. Questions? Please contact