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December 2013

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December 20, 2013

SIM Minnesota job posting
MDH is seeking a Planner principal, health care policy, to serve as the emerging professions coordinator for the SIM grant. The job listing was posted December 16 and will close December 26.
This position is funded by the Minnesota State Innovation Model Grant and will be located in the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care in the Health Policy Division of the Minnesota Department of Health. Please review the job positing for details on the position.

MDH announces new health care homes
The Minnesota Department of Health announces the following 14 new certified health care homes. There are now 318 certified health care homes.

Essentia Health Brainerd Internal Medicine
Essentia Health Crosslake
Essentia Health Detroit Lakes
Essentia Health Duluth Clinic Lakeside
Essentia Health Duluth Clinic Virginia
Essentia Health Hackensack
Essentia Health Lakewalk Clinic
Essentia Health Pequot Lakes
Essentia Health St. Joseph's Pierz Clinic
Essentia Health St. Joseph's Pillager Clinic
Essentia Health St. Joseph's Pine River Clinic
Mankato Clinic – Lake Crystal
Mankato Clinic – Mapleton
Mankato Clinic – Wickersham Health Campus

Please visit for more information or to find a certified health care home near you.


December 9, 2013

Statewide Quality Measures Published
The Minnesota Department of Health published the 2013 amendments to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) rules in the State Register. The adopted rule and appendices are available at Health Care Quality Measures - Adopted Rule.  
Minnesota law requires the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to establish a standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state and to produce an annual report on health care quality.

The Commissioner of Health is required to annually evaluate the measures included in the standardized set of quality measures. As such, MDH published proposed amendments in the State Register on August 12, 2013, and posted the proposed changes, including changes to the rule's appendices and measure specifications, on its website. The publication of the proposed amendments initiated a formal 30-day comment period which ended on September 11, 2013.

The 2013 amendments to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654, Permanent Rules Relating to Health Care Quality Measures, were approved by the Office of Administrative Hearings on October 25, 2013, and were published in the December 9, 2013, edition of the State Register. In response to public comments and review and analysis of SQRMS data, the rule, appendices and measure specifications, MDH made certain changes to the appendices and measure specifications following publication of the proposed rule. A summary of changes is available at Health Care Quality Measures - Adopted Rule.