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Health Reform Announcements -
December 2012

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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 - December 21, 2012

Feds Grant Approval For a Minnesota Exchange
The state received conditional approval Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to open a Minnesota health insurance exchange. The approval letter from HHS is posted online.

Exchange Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov stated, "Receiving HHS approval affirms the direction of our planning to date and for the coming months, as we work to implement an Exchange that best serves the needs of Minnesotans and capitalizes on the unique and innovative strengths of our health care system."

Minnesota submitted an application to HHS on November 16 asking for conditional approval to build state based exchange. Application documents can be viewed online. Read the news release.

Health Care Homes Pass 200th Milestone
The Minnesota Department of Health currently has 214 certified Health Care Homes, after starting the certification process in October 2010.

The 200th health care home was Multicare Associates a network of three independent physician owned clinics with 34 family practice, internal medicine, OB/Gyn, and pediatric clinicians.

The clinics are located in Fridley, Blaine and Roseville and serve approximately 63,000 patients. Meg Pluth, coordinator of the initiative for the organization, said "We had unbelievable commitment for this effort. The staff saw the need and wanted to be involved in the change."

They were initially inspired in 2009 by a speaker from New Jersey who spoke about the patient centered medical home. The concept resonated throughout the clinic population, and two interdisciplinary teams were formed to plan and implement the transformation. The clinic held a kick off to enroll patients and families for care coordination in May 2012.

As a result of this work Multicare Associated has improved team work between physician assistants and doctors, hired more health coaches to coordinate care, and has been exploring linkages to hospital transitional care services and other community resources. Pluth her staff have implemented systematic patient and family involvement in key clinic committees which has provided valuable feedback and insights on care delivery. Visit the health care homes website for more information.

Weekly Update - December 14, 2012

Health Reform Task Force Approves Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota
The Minnesota Health Reform Task Force approved the Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota Thursday, December 13. The roadmap is a set of recommendations designed to transform Minnesota's health system in order to get more health for the dollar.

The report outlines eight strategies for policymakers to consider as they work to implement federal and state health reforms, including recommendations regarding increased access, care integration and payment reform, prevention and public health and preparing the Minnesota health workforce of the future.

The task force met regularly over the past year and will submit the roadmap to the Governor and Legislature for their consideration. The roadmap includes interconnected strategies designed to transform health care and improve health in Minnesota. The draft roadmap is available at the task force web page. The final document will also be available at the same site.

The Health Reform Task Force was authorized by the Legislature to provide advice on federal and state health reform implementation. Members were appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton's Order 11-30, signed Oct. 31, 2011. The task force held 65 public meetings across the state between November 2011 and December 2012. Approximately 1,500 people attended these public task force meetings, including more than 100 individuals and organizations that provided in-person testimony. More than 500 public comment letters also were submitted in response to task force discussions.

Weekly Update - December 7, 2012

Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota Public Comment Deadline December 10
The Health Care Reform Task Force is seeking public comment on the draft Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota, the Task Force's recommendations to Governor Dayton and the Legislature.  Please email your letter to and include "Roadmap" in the subject. Public comment on the draft Roadmap will be collected until 5:00 p.m. on December 10, 2012.

December 12 Webinar Presenting Initial Quality Data Reporting Designs for the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange are collaborating on the design and launch of web-based public reporting of health care provider quality data. MDH collects these data through the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System, a cornerstone of a 2008 state health reform law. MDH and the exchange have worked with the exchange's information technology vendor to develop alternatives of how these data for clinics, hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers may be published in a consumer-friendly way. 
MDH and the exchange invite interested stakeholders and the public to participate in a webinar to view these potential displays and provide feedback on them. Input from stakeholders, as well as from a concurrent consumer testing process, will influence the final design of the public reporting displays. (All data used in the webinar will be masked since the purpose of the webinar is to obtain feedback on design alternatives rather than to share health care provider quality data.)

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. Click here for instructions. The webinar will be recorded and posted on both MDH's and the exchange's website. Stakeholders and the public may review the webinar and provide input to MDH and the exchange through Friday, December 21.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement and Reporting Committee to meet December 12
MN Community Measurement's Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet on December 12, on work related to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. Please see measurement and reporting committee for more information.

Provider Peer Grouping Monthly Stakeholder Call Monday December 10
The December call will be hosted on Monday, December 10, 7:30-8:00am. Please visit PPG Monthly Stakeholder Call to join our webinar discussion and call:
Dial-in number: 888-742-5095
Conference code: 4916649570
Slides will be posted immediately following the call.

Updated Friday, July 12, 2013 at 04:08PM