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Health Reform Announcements -
February 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 - February 29, 2012

SHIP stories from Dakota County, Mankato and Windom
Check out new stories about the Statewide Health Improvement Program's work to improve health in communities such as Mankato, Windom, and Dakota County.

Health Care Reform Task Force Workforce Work Group seeks comments (pdf)
The Workforce Work Group is seeking input about potential strategies for addressing workforce issues in health care sectors, including primary care, dental health, long-term care, mental health and substance abuse. The comments will inform the workgroup’s recommendations to the Health Care Reform Task Force. The work group also hears in-person testimony. Click here to submit comments.

Health Care Reform: How to Build on the Minnesota Model event series
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Humphrey School's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota are convening a series of free public forums on how best to implement health care reform at the state level. These meetings will explore today’s fiscal and demographic challenges and examine opportunities for ensuring Minnesota’s legacy as a leader in individual and community health.

  • Minnesota Health Care Reform Town Hall
    Leaders from the Dayton Administration, Minnesota Legislature, and stakeholder communities will discuss the status of health care reform in Minnesota.
    Thursday, March 8, 2012
    8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Humphrey School, Minneapolis

  • A Conversation with Joel Ario
    Mr. Ario is a national expert on the implementation of health care reform, having worked as the Exchange Director in the Obama administration and as Insurance Commissioner in Pennsylvania and Oregon. Ario, currently a consultant for a number of states with both Dem. and Rep. Governors and the National Governors Association, will discuss state progress on implementing reform.
    Tuesday, March 13, 2012
    8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Humphrey School, Minneapolis

  • A Conversation with Karen Ignani
    Ms. Ignani, President and Chief Executive Officer of America's Health Insurance Plans, is a leading voice in health insurance plans and one of the country's most influential figures on health reform. She will provide a national perspective on health reform.
    Thursday, April 5, 2012
    8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Humphrey School, Minneapolis

Weekly Update - February 23, 2012

State receives grant for Minnesota-made insurance exchange
Minnesota has received a $26 million federal grant to help build a health insurance exchange, a one-stop marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase health coverage among various policies.

“This grant provides the resources to continue the design and planning for technical infrastructure, program integration, operations, and outreach for a Minnesota made exchange,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.

Health Care Reform Task Force Workforce Work Group seeks public comments (pdf)
The Workforce Work Group is seeking input about potential strategies for addressing workforce issues in health care sectors, including primary care, dental health, long-term care, mental health and substance abuse. The comments will inform the workgroup’s recommendations to the Health Care Reform Task Force. The work group also hears in-person testimony. Click here to submit comments.

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange seeks vendor proposals for public outreach (PDF)
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is requesting proposals for the purpose of contracting with a vendor or vendors to develop market research, branding and public relations for a Health Insurance Exchange. Work is proposed to start April 2012.

The RFP can be obtained through February 29 from:

Mary Sienko, Health Insurance Exchange Marketing and Communications Director
Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Email: mary.sienko@state.mn.us

A written request (by e-mail) is required to receive the Request for Proposal. After February 29, 2012, the Request for Proposal must be picked up in person. Proposals must be received at the address above no later than 4:00 p.m., Central Time, March 12, 2012. Late proposals will not be considered. Proposals submitted by fax or e-mail will not be considered. This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder. http://www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/stateregister/36_31.pdf

 

Weekly Update - February 16, 2012

SHIP revamps web page
Check out the revamped Statewide Health Improvement Program web page. It has gone through an extensive makeover and now includes useful resources, results, and success stories from the community.

Weekly Update - February 9, 2012

Health Care Reform Task Force launches engagement effort
The Health Care Reform Task Force is partnering with Minnesota foundations, businesses, and community organizations to engage Minnesotans about the future of health care in Minnesota.

The Citizens League will manage much of the process, hiring staff and consultants to coordinate the project, and taking responsibility for building a broader coalition. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and TakeAction Minnesota have already been recruited to participate in the project, which will include regional meetings across the state this summer and continue through 2014.

Funding for this work will be provided by a group of Minnesota-based foundations including the Bush Foundation, the Blandin Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation. Click here to read more.

Health plans, providers, stakeholders, and citizens comment on essential benefit set
The Departments of Health, Commerce, and Human Services received more than 70 pages of comments from a wide range of stakeholders regarding establishing an essential benefit set as part of health care reform. The Minnesota departments requested comments in response to an Essential Health Benefits Bulletin released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in December.

Health Care Reform Task Force Workforce Work Group seeks public comments
The Workforce Work Group is seeking input about potential strategies for addressing workforce issues in health care sectors, including primary care, dental health, long-term care, mental health and substance abuse. The comments will inform the workgroup’s recommendations to the Health Care Reform Task Force. The work group also hears in-person testimony. Please submit comments by February 20 to be considered for in-person testimony at the March 1 meeting. Click here to submit comments.

Weekly Update - February 2, 2012

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

Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

 

HEALTH CARE HOMES
OUTCOMES MEASUREMENT 2012

On January 14, 2012, the Commissioner of Health issued a letter that describes the Health Care Home outcome measures for 2012. Medical groups participating as certified health care homes will continue to submit measurement data to Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM). This data will be used for benchmarking, re-certification and for overall evaluation of the health care homes initiative.

Health care homes are expected to participate in data collection for the following measurement activities in 2012:

  • Optimal Vascular Care
  • Optimal Diabetes Care
  • Depression Remission at 6 months
  • Optimal Asthma Care
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Patient Experience Survey

These measures are aligned with the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System with the addition of Health Care Home specific risk tiering data where applicable.

In addition, the cost measure - 30-day, All Cause Hospital Readmission - has been approved. Initially, cost data will be provided through Medicaid and Medicare claims. This measure will eventually be aligned with the CMS national standards and, where appropriate, with the work of the Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) collaborative.

These measures are part of the Health Care Home Outcome Measurement system recommended by the Health Care Homes Performance Measurement Advisory Work Group, a public-private stakeholder group.

The work group’s recommendations are available online the week of February 6, 2012 at http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/outcomes/index.html.  For more information, contact Cherylee Sherry, planner for the Health Care Homes Initiative at 651-201-3769 or Cherylee.Sherry@state.mn.us.

 

Updated Friday, 12-Jul-2013 16:08:28 CDT