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Health Reform Announcements -
March 2011

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The Minnesota Department of Health is now posting weekly updates of announcements related to Minnesota’s health reform activities. These updates are also sent out via e-mail to subscribers to Health Reform Announcements. Updates are sent each Thursday.

Weekly Update - March 31, 2011

Statewide quality reporting

REMINDER: The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on its proposed risk adjustment methodology for physician clinic quality measures that are calculated using data submitted directly by providers in 2011. The proposed methodology is available at Health Care Quality Measures

The deadline for comments is 4:30 p.m. on April 4, 2011. Please send your comments to health.reform@state.mn.us

Weekly Update - March 24, 2011

Health care homes

  • The Department of Human Services is requesting stakeholder feedback for a demonstration project to test alternative and innovative health care delivery systems for enrollees in Minnesota Health Care Programs. A request for information (PDF) is online and the deadline for written comments is April 15. DHS is also seeking stakeholder input on the demonstration through a webinar and meetings (PDF) to be held in April.

  • The May 5 Health Care Homes Outcomes Measurement Work Group meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, April 22, 2011.

    Friday, April 22, 2011
    1-4 p.m.
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park, Red River Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

  • Those interested in learning more about health care homes and asthma can attend the Asthma Alliance Summit on Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 8 a.m. – noon. Optimal Asthma Care is one of the initial quality measures for health care homes.

    Thursday, May 12, 2011
    8 a.m.-noon
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

    Participants in the statewide forum can share accomplishments, exchange ideas, learn about evidence-based practices and get updated on the Strategic Plan for Addressing Asthma in Minnesota. Information on health care homes, using the asthma quality measure in practice, patient engagement, environmental triggers of asthma and more will be shared. This summit is free and CEUs will be provided. The meeting is sponsored by the MDH Asthma Program. For more information and to register please see Minnesota Asthma Events or contact Erica Fishman at 651-201-5899 or Erica.Fishman@state.mn.us.

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. The standardized set of quality measures includes the measures for which the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) directly collects data, as well as a broader set for which health plans may require providers to submit data.  The Commissioner of Health established these measures in Minnesota Rules, chapter 4654, and is required to review them on an annual basis. MDH invites interested stakeholders to submit recommendations on the addition, removal or modification of standardized quality measures to MDH by June 1, 2011. The Commissioner will take these recommendations into consideration in determining what changes should be made to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System.

Recommendations must be submitted to MDH at health.reform@state.mn.us by 4:30 p.m. on June 1, 2011, to be considered.

Information on the criteria for recommendations is available at Health Care Quality Measures - Recommendations.

Weekly Update - March 17, 2011

Statewide quality reporting

The Minnesota Department of Health’s Proposed Risk Adjustment Methodology for Physician Clinic Quality Measures is now available at Health Care Quality Measures

The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed risk adjustment methodology for physician clinic quality measures that are calculated using data submitted directly by providers in 2011.  Please send your comments to health.reform@state.mn.us by 4:30 p.m. on April 4, 2011.  The Department will consider all comments received before finalizing the risk adjustment methodology for physician clinic quality measures.

Health care homes

The Health Care Homes Payment Methodology Steering Committee will meet Thursday, March 24:

Thuhrsday, March 24, 2011
10 a.m.-noon
Minnesota Department of Health
Snelling Office Park, Red River Room
1645 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Google map

 

Weekly Update - March 10, 2011

Statewide quality reporting

This week the Minnesota Department of Health released its first final update to the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System since the initial framework was published in January 2010. The open comment period yielded no stakeholder concerns. Therefore, this final report contains no changes from the proposed report released on February 14.

The final framework can be found at Quality Incentive Payment System.

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, March 14. The presentation slides for the March 14 call will be available on Friday, March 11, on the Provider Peer Grouping page.

Date: Monday, March 14, 2011
Time: 7:30-8:15 a.m.
Phone number: 1-888-742-5095
Participant code: 9247084406

Health care homes

The next health care homes informational webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 16:

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Theme:
Patient-Centered Goal Planning
Time:
12 p.m. (Central Time)

More details on joining the webinar and conference call are available at Health Care Homes - Conference Calls and Webinars.

Weekly Update - March 3, 2011

Health care homes

  • Reminder: The Health Care Homes Outcomes Measurement Work Group Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 3, from 1-4 p.m. at MDH's Snelling Office Park location has been canceled.

    Please check Health Care Homes - Outcomes Measurement Development for information on future meetings.

  • MDH's Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (MCYSHN) and Health Care Homes programs are sponsoring a training for parents and professionals on funding sources and existing programs and resources to improve access to health care and more effectively advocate for children, youth, young adults and their families.

    Who Pays? Taking the Maze Out of Funding
    Friday, May 6, 2011
    8:15-8:30 (sign in)   
    8:30-12:30 (training)
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park, Red River Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

    The training is free, but online registration is required. Certificate of Attendance will be available. For additional questions contact MCYSHN at: 800-728-5420 or 651-201-3650. 

Statewide quality reporting

MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet March 9 on work related to the development of the statewide quality reporting and measurement system.

Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.


 





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