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Health Reform Announcements -
May 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 - May 23

Health Care Homes seeks clinics for Care Coordination Measures Pilot Grant
Health Care Homes, in collaboration with Minnesota Community Measurement, is piloting two new care coordination measure specifications. The measures are intended for quality improvement, benchmarking for recertification and program evaluation purposes of health care home clinics. In order to have a representative and informative pilot, certified health care homes are encouraged to participate. The grant application will be available Friday at Applications will be accepted June 1-14, 2013.

Statewide quality reporting public forum June 26
MDH and MN Community Measurement (MNCM) will hold a public forum in St. Paul on June 26, to present MNCM's final quality measure recommendations in connection with the annual update of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. MNCM's final recommendations for physician clinic, ambulatory surgical center, and hospital quality measures and forum presentations will be available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations prior to the forum. The public forum will include an opportunity for interested stakeholders to comment on the recommendations and to ask questions.
Meeting information:
June 26, 2012
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Minnesota Department of Health – Freeman Building
625 Robert St. N, B145
Saint Paul, MN 55164
Telephone: 1-888-742-5095
Passcode: 933-209-2697

Save the date for first SIM task force meetings
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services have set the dates for the first Statewind Innovation Model (SIM) task force meetings. MDH and DHS are currently in the process of finalizing membership in the SIM Community Advisory Task Force and the SIM Multi-Payer Alignment Task Force. These groups will help Minnesota implement a $45 million SIM grant from CMS. These meetings will be open to the public.

SIM Multi-Payer Alignment Task Force
Tuesday, July 16, 1-4 p.m., St. Paul, Department of Human Services.

SIM Community Advisory Task Force
Friday, July 19, 1-4 p.m., St. Paul, at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Weekly Update - May 18

Federal funding opportunity for eligible Minnesota community health centers
On May 9, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a White House national funding initiative to provide $150 million in federal supplemental funding to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance supplemental funds will be used by FQHCs to increase insurance options awareness and provide eligibility and enrollment assistance at a local level throughout the U.S.In Minnesota, an estimated 16 grants will be awarded totaling $1,620,399 to be disbursed. More details at MNsure

MDH certifies new health care homes
The Minnesota Department of Health announces 20 new certified health care homes. There are now 244 certified clinics.

The following clinics have recently been certified:
North Memorial – Brooklyn Center; Brooklyn Park; Camden Maple Grove; Camden Minneapolis; Camden Plymouth; Elk River; Golden Valley; Maple Grove; Minnetonka; Northeast; Silver Lake Clinic Blaine; and Silver Lake Clinic St. Anthony
Northland Family Physicians (located in Duluth)
South Lake Pediatrics – Hutchins Drive
South Lake Pediatrics – West
HealthPartners – Nokomis Clinic
Fairview – Bloomington Lake Xerxes
Fairview – Bloomington Lake Minneapolis
Westide clinics- La Clinica, St Paul
Westside clinics- McDonough, St Paul
For more information, or to find a certified Health Care Home near you, please visit or contact us at

Technical corrections to required hospital quality measure
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has learned of technical issues with two measures required for 2013 reporting by hospitals included in the Statewide Quality Reporting Measurement System that resulted in the removal of the following two measures from federal reporting requirements:
• Troponin results for Emergency Department acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients or chest pain patients (with probable cardiac chest pain) received within 60 minutes of arrival (OP-16); and 
 • Surgery patients with recommended venous thromboembolism prophylaxis ordered (SCIP-VTE-1). 

These two removed measures are currently listed in Appendix B of the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System: Appendices to Minnesota Administrative Rules, Chapter 4654 published in November 2012. Since removing OP-16 and SCIP-VTE-1 from SQRMS would better align state and federal quality reporting efforts and ease administrative burden, MDH chooses to amend SQRMS requirements now by not requiring that hospitals report these measures for discharge dates July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. 

Weekly Update - May 10

Meet the MNsure board
Last week, Governor Dayton announced the appointment of the MNsure board, which will oversee Minnesota's health insurance marketplace. The board, which was established by law earlier this legislative session, was chosen through the state's open appointments process from a pool of 112 candidates. Read the board members' bios here.

MDH releases "pay for performance" program update
This week the Minnesota Department of Health released its third 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 for participants 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. The final framework can be found at Quality Incentive Payment System.

MNsure in the community
MNsure staff have been giving presentations to inform and educate a variety of audiences about the health insurance marketplace. In just the last few weeks, we have spoken to more than 1,000 people at 13 locations in the metro area as well as in Duluth and Rochester. MNsure will continue to reach out to communities all around Minnesota in the upcoming months.
Find out how to request a MNsure speaker and view slides from previous presentations on our website.

Comments Sought for 2014 Statewide Quality Measures by May 17
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 2013 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2014 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. The preliminary recommendations and additional information are now available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. Send comments to May 17, 2013.

Updated Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 03:32PM