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August 2012

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Health Care Reform Task Force and Workgroup Information

The Minnesota Department of Health posts weekly updates of announcements related to the agency's health reform activities. These updates are also sent out via email to subscribers to Health Reform Announcements. Updates are sent each Thursday.

Weekly Update - August 30, 2012

Comments sought for prevention and public health recommendations
Public input is requested on the draft recommendations (PDF: 986KB/11 pages) of the Prevention and Public Health Work Group.  Please direct your responses to HealthReform.MN@state.mn.us and mention Prevention and Public Health in the subject field.  Comments are requested by noon on Friday, September 7.

MDH announces newly certified Health Care Homes
The Minnesota Department of Health has added four new clinics. There are now 190 certified health care homes in Minnesota.

  • Hennepin County Medical Center- Brooklyn Center Clinic, Brooklyn Center
  • Hennepin County Medical Center- Whittier Clinic, Minneapolis
  • Hennepin County Medical Center- Brooklyn Park Clinic
  • Brooklyn Park Park Nicollet – Creekside Clinic-  St.Louis Park

Learn more or find a health care home near you.

Weekly Update - August 24, 2012

Input Requested Regarding Care Integration and Payment Reform Recommendations
You are invited to submit your comments regarding the draft recommendations of the Care Integration and Payment Reform work group of the Governor’s Health Care Reform Task Force.  Please note that the work group welcomes your suggestions for alternative recommendations that would address its goals.  The most recent draft of the recommendations (PDF) can be found on the health reform website. 

Comments have been previously received by the following organizations:

Please provide your comments by:  Thursday, August 30th to HealthReform.MN@State.mn.us.  Please include the words CIPR Recommendations in the subject field. 

Provider Peer Grouping Advisory Committee
The first meeting of the Advisory Committee will be Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 1-4 p.m., Oasis Room, Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan.

All meetings of the Advisory Committee will be open to the public.

Facilitating the Advisory Committee’s work will be Carrie Coleman. For more information about the Advisory Committee and the Provider Peer Grouping system, see: Provider Peer Grouping - Minnesota Dept. of Health or contact Stefan Gildemeister, Director, Health Economics Program at 651-201-3554 or Carrie Coleman, Consultant, MDH Health Economics at 651-675-7457.

Family's experience highlights value of health
The Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin describes the story of Minnesota's "health care homes" through the story of nine-year-old Melanie Gates, who has a mitochondrial disorder affecting her cells' ability to power her bodily organs. At Mayo, a nurse care manager is the first point of contact, and helps determine the correct medical response. Team members write nutrition IV orders, oversee administration of Melanie's 30-plus drugs and support mom Amber Gates in her 24-hour family caregiver role. (Post-Bulletin)
Learn more at what's new at the health care home website.

Weekly Update - August 17, 2012

Minnesota receives federal approval to implement health care payment reform
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ new approach to paying health care providers under the state’s Medicaid program.  The “Health Care Delivery System” demonstration projects will allow for direct contracts with providers instead of paying providers per procedure or paying a health insurance company to provide coverage. In this new model, people enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs will receive more coordinated care and health care providers will be paid according to the quality of care they provide and their ability to reduce costs.

CMS issues final blueprint for approval of health insurance exchanges
CMS issued the final blueprint for approval of state-based and state partnership insurance exchanges.  States may use the blueprint to demonstrate how their exchange will work to offer a wide range of competitively priced private health insurance options.  The blueprint also sets forth the application process for states seeking to enter into a partnership exchange. CMS notes that states should submit their exchange blueprints by November 16, 2012, for their exchanges to be considered for certification on January 1, 2013.  More information is available at: http://www.cciio.cms.gov/resources/files/hie-blueprint-081312.pdf.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System requests comments
On August 13, MDH published proposed amendments to Minnesota Rules Chapter 4654 (the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System) in the State Register. MDH posted the proposed changes, including changes to the rule’s appendices, at Health Care Quality Measures – Proposed Rule Amendment. The publication of the proposed amendments initiated a formal 30-day comment period. Comments must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on September 12, 2012. MDH is required to annually review and publish any proposed amendments to Minnesota Rules Chapter 4654 by August 15 of each year.

MDH and ICSI team up for health care home learning opportunities
ICSI and MDH have teamed up so that you can take advantage of a full day of regional health care home learning opportunities. MDH is leading sessions for clinics considering becoming health care homes and ICSI is leading collaboratives for those considering becoming a health care home and those already certified as health care homes.
Sessions for the face to face portion of the ICSI Three Month Learning Collaborative and the MDH workshops will be held in:
•             Brainerd - September 13th
•             Willmar - September 21st
•             Rochester - September 28th
•             Metro - October 1st  
Here is a little more information about the sessions.

MDH “Health Care Homes: A Framework for Primary Care Transformation”
For clinics considering Health Care Home (HCH) certification, this workshop for clinic leaders and lead staff explains why primary care transformation is needed to keep up with the rapidly changing health care landscape.  Real life clinic examples of how HCH certification transforms care delivery with strategies and resources that support implementation will be presented by MDH staff.

There is no charge for this workshop and contact hours will be provided.
ICSI Patient Activation & Engagement Three Month Learning Collaborative available for all members of the health care teams, including patients who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of patient activation and engagement principles and interventions.  Gain hands on experience and take home tools for your patient activation and engagement toolkit.  This offering is a three month learning collaborative that includes one four hour face to face session followed by two virtual learning sessions.  This learning collaborative is free to ICSI members and contact hours will be provided. The learning collaborative includes national experts, Jessie Gruman and Jennifer Sweeny.
Learn more at what's new at the health care home website.

Weekly Update - August 10, 2012

Health Care Reform Task Force meeting held in St. Cloud
The Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force met August 6 at the Le St-Germain Suite Hotel in St. Cloud. The task force discussed recommendations aimed at improving health through prevention efforts and health care payment and delivery system reforms. The meeting will also include a report from the Bush Foundation and Citizens League on the result of the Citizen Solutions initiative. Read more in the St. Cloud Times. Meeting materials are also available at Health Reform Minnesota.

What Minnesotans are saying about improving health care
Minnesotans who participated in a series of community conversations this summer want an affordable health care system, better information for making choices, and communities that support healthy choices. The Bush Foundation and Citizens League recently completed a Citizen Solutions initiative around health care that involved about 40 community conversations with more than 1,000 Minnesotans, as well as online discussions with more than 4,100 Minnesotans. The results of the initiative were shared with the Governor’s Health Care ReformTask Force on August 6. Read more and see a video at Health Reform Minnesota.

Initial Health Insurance Exchange market research is available
The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange elected to undertake market research to better understand the communications, public awareness and engagement strategies that will be most effective in educating Minnesotans about an exchange. Four presentations on the research findings were given by Peter Mitchell of Salter Mitchell: a presentation on preliminary results to the Outreach, Communications and Marketing Work Group on July 10; to the Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force on July 26; to the Technical Work Groups and State Agency partners on August 2; and to the Health Reform Advisory Task Force on August 6. The slide deck and audio file from the webinar presentation on August 2 can be viewed online.


Health Care Homes August 2012Newly certified health care homes announced
The Minnesota Department of Health has certified 2  new clinics. There are now 186 certified health care homes in Minnesota. The newly certified clinics are Sanford- Bemidji Main and Sanford- Bemidji. These clinics and providers have met the standards to become certified as Health Care Homes in the State of Minnesota.  

 

Weekly Update - August 2, 2012

Health commissioner appoints Provider Peer Grouping Advisory Committee members
Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger today appointed 24 members to an advisory committee to provide recommendations as the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) implements the Provider Peer Grouping system – an initiative to provide consumers, payers and providers with greater transparency about value in health care.

“We're fortunate to have a group of people willing to step forward with this level of experience and expertise advising the Health Department as we make the decisions necessary to implement the Provider Peer Grouping system,” Ehlinger said. “I value their contribution to the community and look forward to their help in holding us to our goals of scientific rigor, actionable results and transparency of approach.”

All meetings of the Advisory Committee will be open to the public. Facilitating the Advisory Committee’s work will be Carrie Coleman, recently selected after MDH’s informal solicitation for professional services related to project planning, meeting facilitation and communication planning work.

Public-private partnership approves framework for a healthy Minnesota
The Healthy Minnesota Partnership on Monday approved Healthy Minnesota 2020 framework, a framework for creating a Minnesota where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. The Healthy Minnesota Partnership is a broad statewide coalition of community leaders from business, government, academia, nonprofits, advocacy groups, providers, insurers and others. Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger convened the group in January of this year. The framework is based on the results of a first-of-its-kind in Minnesota statewide health assessment conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Six Minnesota counties meet to redesign service delivery
Six counties in southeastern Minnesota - Steele, Waseca, Dodge, Mower, Freeborn, and Houston – are meeting this week to determine the viability of a shared human services structure. These counties were part of a 12 county group that sought to collaborate to unify and streamline services. The estimated savings from this initial group were above $30 million. Even though the group has shrunk from the initial dozen, there is still great potential for services sharing and collaboration.

Newly certified health care homes announced
The Minnesota Department of Health has certified 13 new health care homes. There are now 184 certified health care homes in Minnesota. The new clinics are:

  • Essentia Health: Aurora Clinic, Deer River Clinic, Ely Clinic, Duluth Clinic Internal Medicine, and St. Mary’s Superior Clinic
  • Sanford Clinics: Adrian, Jackson, Lakefield, Luverne Mountain Lake, Windom, and Worthington Optage Primary Care.

These clinics and providers have met the standards to become certified as Health Care Homes in the State of Minnesota. For more information, or to find a health care home near you, go to http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/index.html.

 

Updated Friday, 12-Jul-2013 16:07:59 CDT