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Health Reform Announcements -
June 2011

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CONTINGENCY PLANNING UPDATE

As you may know, Minnesota state agencies are currently planning for the possibility of a shutdown of government services on July 1, 2011, if a biennial budget agreement is not successfully negotiated by then. MDH will only be able to continue critical services during a shutdown. Distribution of this weekly health reform announcement email would not continue during a shutdown.

A list of the approved critical services and contact information will be posted on July 1, 2011, on the MDH website at www.health.state.mn.us and will be updated periodically if there are any changes.

Weekly Update - June 30, 2011

Health care homes

  • The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will issue a request for proposals (RFP) TODAY, June 30, 2011, for a demonstration to test alternative and innovative health care delivery systems. Responses are due by 4 p.m. August 19, 2011. The department invited input from numerous stakeholders for developing the RFP. It will be available online by noon June 30 on DHS' RFP web page.  More information about the demonstration is available at www.dhs.state.mn.us/provider/HCDeliveryDemo.

  • The Health Care Homes Outcomes Measurement Work Group meeting scheduled for TODAY, Thursday, June 30, has been canceled.

  • MDH has awarded four new grants through the Health Care Homes program.

    Three Community Care Team Grants have been awarded with the purpose of designing, documenting and implementing a community care team that addresses community priorities, care coordination, transitions management and effective use of resources, and engages in collaborative activities with certified health care homes. The community care team will work together to provide outcomes-oriented care guided by the principle of optimizing clinical outcomes for community members to meet the goals of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim: improved health outcomes, enhanced patient experience and reduced costs/improved value.

    Community Care Team Grant recipients are:

    • Hennepin County Medical Center, which will focus efforts on their diverse ethnic and cultural populations.
    • Essentia Health Care Ely Clinic, which will focus efforts around children, adolescents and adults with mental illness.
    • Mayo Clinic, which will focus efforts on community dwelling older adults with multiple chronic conditions.

    One Safety Net Grant was awarded to Halleland Habicht with the purpose of providing expert support and facilitation for safety net clinics (Federally Qualified Health Care Centers and designated safety net clinics) as they achieve the goal of primary care transformation to improve population health, patient experience and value. Safety net clinics are essential in caring for our state’s underserved.

    These grants will end in June 2012.  Results of these grant activities will be shared in future communications and at future meetings and conferences.

Statewide quality reporting

The July 13 meeting of the Measurement and Reporting Committee has been canceled.

Weekly Update - June 23, 2011

Provider peer grouping

REMINDER: The next meeting of the Provider Peer Grouping Reliability Work Group will be TODAY, Thursday, June 23, 2011. The purpose of this group is for members to provide advice about how to consider reliability for the peer grouping analysis and for MDH to convey information about reliability related to specific methodological issues.

Meeting info:
June 23, 2011
1-3 p.m.
Minnesota Department of Health
Orville L. Freeman Building, Room B107/B108
625 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55155
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Health care homes

Weekly Update - June 16, 2011

Statewide quality reporting

  • Minnesota Statutes 62U.02 requires the Commissioner of Health to establish a standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state and to produce an annual public report on health care quality. A subset of the standardized set of quality measures will be used for public reporting purposes.

    The Commissioner of Health is required to evaluate the measures included in the set of quality measures to be publicly reported on an annual basis. MDH contracted with MN Community Measurement (MNCM) and other community partners to make recommendations about new, modified and/or retired quality measures to be publicly reported for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System.

    The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on MNCM’s final recommendations for physician clinic, ambulatory surgical center and hospital measures and four additional hospital measures being considered by MDH for the 2011 administrative rule. 

    The final recommendations and additional information are now available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. Send comments to health.reform@state.mn.us by June 27, 2011.
  • REMINDER: MDH and MNCM will hold a public forum in St. Paul on Tuesday, June 21, to present MNCM’s final quality measure recommendations in connection with the annual update and expansion of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. MNCM will also present its measure concept recommendations for development of new measures related to Pediatric Preventive Care and Hospital Readmissions and Potentially Avoidable Admissions.

    These final recommendations are available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. The public forum will include an opportunity for interested stakeholders to comment on the recommendations and to ask questions.

    Meeting Information:
    Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    1-3 p.m.
    Hamline Midway Branch Library Auditorium
    Saint Paul Public Library*
    1558 West Minnehaha Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104
    Directions: http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/locations/hamline-midway.html

    *Please note use of the Saint Paul Public Library System meeting facilities does not constitute endorsement of the beliefs, viewpoints, policies or affiliations of the user by the library board or staff.
  • Earlier this spring, MDH proposed and solicited feedback on a methodology for risk adjusting physician clinic quality measures. After careful consideration of the comments, MDH has determined that risk adjustment for the upcoming round of quality reporting will be conducted as initially proposed. However, we will work with MNCM to test and consider additional risk adjustment variables and methods for future rounds of quality reporting.

    MDH’s risk adjustment methodology for reporting physician clinics’ quality measure results is now available at Health Care Quality Measures

Provider peer grouping

The next meeting of the Provider Peer Grouping Reliability Work Group will be Thursday, June 23, 2011. The purpose of this group is for members to provide advice about how to consider reliability for the peer grouping analysis and for MDH to convey information about reliability related to specific methodological issues.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Minnesota Department of Health
Orville L. Freeman Building, Room B107/B108
625 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55155
Google map

Health care homes

The next Health Care Homes Payment Methodology Steering Committee meeting will take place on Monday, June 20, 2011.

Meeting information:
June 20, 2011
1-3 p.m.
Minnesota Department of Health
Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room
1645 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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More information on the group is available at Health Care Homes - Payment Methodology Development.

Weekly Update - June 9, 2011

Provider peer grouping

MDH will hold monthly conference calls to share information about the provider peer grouping initiative on the second Monday of each month from 7:30-8:15 a.m. The next call-in session is scheduled for Monday, June 13. The presentation slides for the June 13 call will be available on Friday, June 10, on the Provider Peer Grouping page.

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Time: 7:30-8:15 a.m.
Phone number: 1-888-742-5095
Participant code: 9247084406

Health care spending

MDH has published a new report on total health care spending in 2009. The annual report is part of Minnesota's 2008 health reform law. Total health care spending in Minnesota rose to $36 billion in 2009, but the rate of growth fell to its lowest level in more than a decade. The recession caused the slower rate of growth as Minnesotans lost coverage and opted to use less health care. In addition to analyzing 2009 spending, the report projects that health care spending in the state would more than double in the next decade without full implementation of Minnesota's 2008 health reform law.

The report is available on the Health Economics Program website.

Weekly Update - June 2, 2011

Statewide quality reporting

  • MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet Wednesday, June 8, on work related to the development of the statewide quality reporting and measurement system.

    Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

  • MDH and MNCM will hold a public forum in St. Paul on Tuesday, June 21, to present MNCM’s final quality measure recommendations in connection with the annual update and expansion of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. MNCM will also present its measure concept recommendations for development of new measures related to Pediatric Preventive Care and Hospital Readmissions and Potentially Avoidable Admissions. 

    These final recommendations will be available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations by June 16, and a notice will be included in the MDH Health Reform Update when they are posted.  The public forum will include an opportunity for interested stakeholders to comment on the recommendations and to ask questions.

    Meeting Information:
    Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    1-3 p.m.
    Hamline Midway Branch Library Auditorium
    Saint Paul Public Library*
    1558 West Minnehaha Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104
    Directions: http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/locations/hamline-midway.html

    *Please note use of the Saint Paul Public Library System meeting facilities does not constitute endorsement of the beliefs, viewpoints, policies or affiliations of the user by the library board or staff.

           


 



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