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December 2014

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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 - December 19, 2014

Minnesota continues to test how emerging professionals impact health care


Minnesota's adult uninsured rate falls to lowest level yet
The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that 135,000 adults ages 18 to 64 years gained coverage between 2013 and 2014 after implementation of key Affordable Care Act provisions, including the expansion of Medical Assistance and the implementation of MNsure and health care market reforms. This represents the lowest rate of uninsured measured for this population in Minnesota.




MNsure extends enrollment deadline for January 1 coverage to December 31
in an effort to provide more time for Minnesotans who qualify for financial help available only through MNsure, the organization today announced it would extend the enrollment deadline to December 31 for January 1 coverage.

Statewide learning days conference seeks presenters
Would you like to present at the 2015 Health Care Homes Minnesota Accountable Health and State Innovation Models Learning Days Conference?

The conference committee is seeking proposals for presenters for a breakout session at this year’s conference, "Moving Forward Together: Building Healthy Minnesota Communities." The conference is May 12-14, 2015 at River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

If you are interested in presenting, you must submit your application by January 16, 2015 at 4 p.m. CST. Please visit the conference website for objectives, audience, call for proposal criteria and more information about the conference. Questions? Please contact Shirley Scheuler at or call (651) 201-4002.

The conference is an opportunity for Minnesota health care home providers, State Innovation Model grantees, and community partners to gain new knowledge, form relationships, and exchange information about integrating health care, behavioral health, long-term and post-acute care, local public health, social services and consumers. The first day of the conference is a half day focusing on the State Innovation Model (SIM), with two tracks dedicated to SIM grantees only and two tracks with a SIM focus, but open to all conference attendees. The second day is a full day open to all attendees and will focus on both Health Care Homes (HCH) and SIM topics. Day three is a half day open to all attendees with a focus on Health Care Homes topics.

Conference registration and exhibitor registration is scheduled for March 2015.

The Conference is sponsored by Minnesota Department of Health - Health Care Homes; Minnesota Department of Human Services; and the Minnesota Accountable Health Model, State Innovation Model (SIM) Grant. The Conference is coordinated by the National Rural Health Resource Center.

Weekly Update - December 12, 2014

Minnesota e-Health Roadmaps to Support Timely and Effective Care for Minnesotans
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota e-Health Initiative have partnered with Stratis Health to develop the Minnesota e-Health Roadmaps. The roadmaps will describe a path forward and a framework for providers to effectively use e-health to participate in the Minnesota Accountable Health Model for the settings of long-term and post-acute care, local public health, behavioral health, and social services. The project will begin in January 2015 and end in the spring of 2016.

This work is made possible through Minnesota’s $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant. MDH and the Department of Human Services (DHS) jointly received this federal grant in 2013 and are using the funds to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. The purpose of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model is to provide Minnesotans with better value in health care through integrated, accountable care using innovative payment and care delivery models that are responsive to local health needs. The approximately $600,000 contract was awarded to Stratis Health after a competitive Request for Proposal process.

To stay informed of the MN e-Health Roadmaps and to be alerted to community and stakeholder engagement opportunities, subscribe to the MN e-Health Roadmap Updates at Direct questions to Kari Guida at

For more information about the MN e-Health Roadmaps and the State Innovation Model testing grant please visit the Minnesota Accountable Health Model-SIM Minnesota website at:


Webinar: Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care Quality Measures
On December 17, 2014 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., MN Community Measurement (MNCM) will present an informational webinar to provide an overview of the new statin focused cholesterol component for the Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care measures. This measurement change will impact data submission for patients receiving care for dates of service in calendar year 2015. Refer to the MNCM corporate website for more information on this event.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System: MN Community Measurement monthly Q&A December 18
MN Community Measurement’s monthly Question & Answer call-in session will occur on December 18 at noon. Please see the MNCM training calendar for more information.

Weekly Update - December 5, 2014

Minnesota selects 12 communities for over $4 million in accountable health awards
Twelve Minnesota Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) are poised to demonstrate how health care and community organizations can work together to create profound change in population health. Minnesota's Commissioner of Health and Commissioner of Human Services selected these Accountable Communities for Health to each receive a $370,000 grant, out of a total grant amount of $4.4 million.

CVS/pharmacy, Thrifty White Pharmacy join MNsure in promoting health insurance coverage
MNsure is teaming up with CVS/pharmacy and Thrifty White Pharmacy to provide enrollment information at more than 50 CVS and Thrifty White pharmacies across Minnesota as part of MNsure’s Pharmacy Week, December 6 – 12, 2014, in advance of the December 15 deadline for January 1, 2015 coverage.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System meeting
MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) will meet on December 10, on work related to the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

Health Care Homes Advisory Committee forming
The Commissioners of Health and Human Services have established a committee to advise the commissioners on the ongoing implementation of the health care homes program.
Committee members will be asked to:
• Provide guidance and advice in setting strategies to raise awareness of health care home concepts across Minnesota that will create community engagement in patient centered coordinated care principles.
• Provide advice on soliciting and receiving input from diverse stakeholders and communities regarding the ongoing implementation of health care homes.
• Provide input on how health care homes as a foundational health reform program should continue to develop to support Minnesota population health goals of “health in all things” and “accountable care”        

Vacancies: Sixteen possible vacancies including, four consumers or patients who receive care in a certified health care home in Minnesota, one Minnesota employer, four Health care professionals including primary care provider, mental health provider, nurse and care coordinator, four certified health care home representatives, one quality improvement organization in Minnesota representative, one academic researcher and one representative of a Minnesota health plan.

For more information,  visit  and click on the "December 2014" list of vacancies.



Updated Friday, February 20, 2015 at 01:01PM