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Health Reform Announcements -
June 2013

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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 Friday.

Weekly Update - June 28

Two task forces to help guide State Innovation Model health care reforms, members appointed
The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health have appointed two task forces to support the Minnesota Accountable Health Model initiative, which aims to improve community health and ensure that every Minnesotan has access to team-based, coordinated, patient-centered care. Read more here.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System: Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Measure Reporting Webinar
On Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., MDH and MN Community Measurement (MNCM) will present a webinar for ambulatory surgical center (ASC) staff to review quality measurement requirements, specifications, data submission process and deadlines for quality data reporting. MNCM will send an email with log-in information for the webinar to registered ASCs.

Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Quality Measure Reporting Begins July 1, 2013
The MNCM Data Portal will be open for ASC quality data submission from Monday, July 1 to Friday, August 16. The ASC Summary Data Collection guide is posted on the MNCM Data Portal and on the MNCM Website.

MNsure consumer assistance network update
MNSure is seeking partners for the Consumer Assistance Network to conduct outreach and provide application and enrollment assistance for MNsure to the communities they serve.
• Organizations may apply to be both a Navigator and In-Person Assister or a Certified Application Counselor organization. Organizations are encouraged to perform Navigator and In-Person Assister roles in tandem.
• To become a partner, organizations must complete a Consumer Assistance Partner application.
In addition, two types of grants are available to the consumer assistance network--outreach and in-person assister. Responders may receive both types of grants. Up to $4 million of grant funding is available for 2013-2014. The request for proposals and applications are posted on the MNsure website.
• In addition to being a navigator, in-person assister or certified application counselor, organizations can also apply for an outreach or in-person assister infrastructure grant.
• Consumer Assistance Partner applications and grant proposals are both due by July 19.
Questions for the grant RFP will be accepted through Wednesday, July 10. Answers are being posted on a weekly basis on the Consumer Assisters FAQs page. The final date answers will be posted is Monday, July 15.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System comments due July 5
MDH invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on Minnesota Community Measurement's final recommendations for physician clinic, ambulatory surgical center, and hospital measures for the 2013 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2014 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. Comments must be submitted to MDH at health.reform@state.mn.us by 4:30 PM on July 5, 2013, to be considered.

Weekly Update - June 11

State seeks project managers
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) are seeking to fill staff positions, including two project team leaders and a planning director, to work on Minnesota's $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) Grant. Interested people can apply for one or both of the positions. All three positions are open through this Friday, June 14.

Project Team Leader
https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=13HEAL000254

Planning Director
https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/View?_posting=13DHS000905


SIM task forces update – RFP for facilitator
Project leaders are narrowing down the list of applicants for the project's two task forces and are expected to announce the members of the community advisory task force and the multi-payer group soon. DHS and MDH have issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a SIM task forces facilitator. http://www.mmd.admin.state.mn.us/process/admin/ptList.asp (Reference Number PT1611)

Community Advisory Task Force: Friday, July 19th, 1-4 p.m. at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Multi-payer alignment task force: Tuesday, July 16th, 1-4 p.m. at DHS

Stay tuned for community stakeholder meeting
DHS and MDH are planning a community stakeholder meeting this summer. Ideally, this will be a large gathering with updates for community partners, providers, and other stakeholders. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 19th from 10 a.m. to noon. Location to be determined.

Request for information is coming
Project leaders are developing a request for information (RFI) to gather information on a wide range of issues, including data sharing, health information technology and health information exchange. The responses to this RFI will greatly inform project planning over the next few months. The goal is to issue the RFI at the end of June or in early July.

Background
Minnesota has received a $45 million grant to help its providers and communities work together to create healthier futures for Minnesotans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' grant is part of the State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative. Minnesota will use the funds to drive health care reform in the state and to test the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. During a three-and-a-half year period beginning April 1, 2013, Minnesota will develop and test new ways that government, communities, social services organizations, public health departments, payers, and health care providers of all types can better work together. The model will expand Minnesota's current Medicaid Health Care Delivery System Demonstration and will include up to 15 accountable communities for health. These communities will develop and test strategies for keeping community members healthy. This is a joint project between the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Updated Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 03:44PM