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May 2012

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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 - May 24, 2012

Clinics certified as health care homes now serving 2 million Minnesotans
More than 2 million Minnesotans are served by clinics certified as health care homes - a new primary care model showing promise as a way to improve the quality of care, reduce costs, and be more responsive to people's needs, according to MDH's annual health care homes report to the Minnesota Legislature.

Courage Center receives $1.67 million CMS award
The Courage Center recently received a CMS Health Care Innovation Award to test a community-based medical home model by serving 300 adults with disabilities and complex health conditions in the Twin Cities. More than 35 proposals from Minnesota were submitted to the CMS Health Care Innovation Awards. The purpose of the awards is to fund projects in communities across the nation that aim to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs. Funding for these projects is for 3 years. The next batch of preliminary awards will be announced in early June 2012. More information is available here.

Register for Triple Aim Innovation Event June 7, 1-5 p.m.
In April, the UMN Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) convened local health care leaders to discuss themes among the 35-plus Health Care Innovation Award proposals submitted to CMS from Minnesota. More than 120 participants identified common themes and current initiatives around the Triple Aim in Minnesota. On June 7th, the CTSI will hold another gathering to discuss opportunities for the State of Minnesota; development of the "Next Minnesota Model"; and how to support success for Minnesota’s CMS Challenge Fund awards. To join the June 7th event, please register here by June 1.


Weekly Update - May 17, 2012

MDH Releases "Pay for Performance" Program Update
This week the Minnesota Department of Health released its second final update to the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System for health care providers, since the program started in 2010. The update includes the system's latest quality measures and performance thresholds for clinics and hospitals.

The incentive payment system, sometimes called pay for performance, is part of Minnesota's 2008 health care reform law. It was implemented in 2010. It is currently being used forparticipants in the state employee health plan and enrollees in state public insurance programs. Use of this system by private health care purchasers—which are not required by law to adopt it—is also encouraged.

During the open comment period, one stakeholder noted that the Department had not included its risk adjustment methodology for the “depression remission at six months” measure; thus the report was revised to include this explanation. The final framework can be found at Quality Incentive Payment System.

MDH Announces Newly Certified Health Care Homes
The Minnesota Department of Health has certified 5 new clinics/providers. There are now 170 certified health care homes in Minnesota.
The newly certified clinics are:
People’s Center Medical Clinic- Cedar Riverside People’s Center, Minneapolis
Olmsted Medical Center, Northwest Rochester (one provider)
Olmsted Medical Center, Preston (one provider)
Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester Southeast (2 providers)
HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics, St Cloud
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:

Weekly Update - May 10, 2012

Patient Experience CG-CAHPS Survey Clarification
The Minnesota Department of Health recently announced that it is comparing two CG-CAHPS patient experience surveys to see whether they yield similar results—the CG-CAHPS Visit Survey (a requirement under the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System, Minnesota Statutes, section 62U.02) and a modified version of the new CG-CAHPS Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Survey (a requirement under Minnesota’s Health Care Homes initiative). MDH would like to clarify that for this first patient experience of care survey in 2012, clinics should move ahead with the CG-CAHPS Visit Survey to meet the requirements of both the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System and Health Care Homes.

Provider Peer Grouping Conference Call May 14
The Minnesota Department of Health holds monthly conference calls to share information about the provider peer grouping initiative on the second Monday of each month from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The next call-in session is scheduled for Monday, May 14. The presentation slides for the call will be available Friday, May 11, on the Provider Peer Grouping page.
Date: Monday, May 14, 2011
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Phone number: 1-888-742-5095
Participant code: 9247084406

Comments Sought for 2013 Statewide Quality Measures by May 15
The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on MN Community Measurement’s preliminary recommendations for physician clinic and ambulatory surgical center measures for the 2012 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2013 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. The preliminary recommendations and additional information are now available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. Send comments to by May 15, 2012.

Weekly Update - May 4, 2012

Reminder: Recommendations Sought for Statewide Quality Reporting
MDH invites interested stakeholders to submit recommendations on the addition, removal, or modification of standardized quality measures to MDH by June 1, 2012. The Commissioner will take these recommendations into consideration in determining what, if any, changes should be made to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. Recommendations must be submitted to MDH at by 4:30 p.m. on June 1, 2012, to be considered.
Information on the criteria for recommendations is available at Health Care Quality Measures - Recommendations.

MDH Announces Newly Certified Health Care Homes
The Minnesota Department of Health has certified two new health care homes, Kundel Pediatric Associates, Duluth, and Mayo Clinic Health System, Albert Lea. There are now 165 certified health care homes. These clinics and providers have met the standards to become certified as Health Care Homes. For more information, or to find a health care home near you, go to:

MDH Seeks Volunteers for Health Care Home Committee
The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking primary care physicians, other clinicians, payors and care coordinators to serve on its Health Care Home (HCH) Certification Committee. The one year term reviews health care home certification site visit reports and provides guidance regarding clinic certification and recertification. The time commitment is two hours on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. plus the time it takes to read the reports. Interested providers and care coordinators must be certified HCH clinicians or coordinators working within a certified HCH. This is a voluntary position. If interested, contact Kathy Wick at the Minnesota Department of Health at

Health Care Homes Event for Employers
Buyers Health Care Action Group ( BHCAG)  and the Minnesota departments of health and human services are sponsoring two interactive workshops, May 24 and June 21,  designed for Minnesota employers. These workshops will focus on what they need to know about health care homes. Learn more and register.

Statewide Quality Reporting Meeting May 14
The Hospital Quality Reporting Steering Committee will meet on May 14 on work related to the development of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System.


Updated Friday, July 12, 2013 at 04:10PM