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February 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.

February 28, 2014

SIM Minnesota releases $4 Million e-Health grant RFP
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requests proposals for the Minnesota Accountable Health Model e-Health Grant Program, which is part of Minnesota's State Innovation Model (SIM) project. The grants are intended to support readiness to advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model and to prepare for potential participation in accountable communities for health. Eligible applicants are Community Collaboratives that have at least two or more organizations participating in, or planning to participate in, an accountable care organization (ACO) or similar health care delivery model; or payment arrangements involving shared risk, shared savings or total cost of care. Community Collaboratives must include a partner organization from at least one of the four priority settings of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model/SIM grant: local public health departments, long-term and post-acute care, behavioral health and social services. In 2014, up to $4 million is available for development and implementation grants.

Job posting: SIM nurse coordinator
SIM Minnesota is seeking a nurse coordinator to build capacity for expansion of fifty two clinics to health care homes and other practice transformation and SIM related clinical activities. This position coordinates with other members of the team for rapid transformation of health care homes and other practice transformation activities related to the implementation of SIM and the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. To apply, visit and do a key word search for SIM nurse coordinator. The job posting closes March 4.

DHS forms new Integrated Health Partnerships
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is expanding its Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) demonstration with new contract awards for Hennepin Healthcare System (Hennepin County Medical Center Hospital and Clinics) and Mayo Clinic, beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Along with six providers already participating in the demonstration, the additions increase its scope to 130,000 Medical Assistance enrollees. The Integrated Health Partnerships demonstration, formerly called the Health Care Delivery Systems (HCDS) demonstration, strives to deliver higher quality and lower costs through innovative approaches to care and payment.

DHS releases Integrated Health Partnerships RFP
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is requesting proposals for the purpose of delivering health care services to Medical Assistance (MA) and MinnesotaCare enrollees under alternative payment arrangements through the Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP - formerly known as Health Care Delivery Systems or HCDS) Demonstration.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System suspends ambulatory surgical center registration and quality reporting for 2014
MDH has determined that it will suspend SQRMS ambulatory surgical center (ASC) registration and quality measure reporting during 2014, considering that nearly all ASCs have achieved a similar high level of performance on the three quality measures that they have reported on since 2011, and to reduce provider reporting burden. For more information, visit the statewide quality reporting website.

Webinar: Promoting colon cancer screening within the patient centered medical home
Presenter: Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, Director, Prostate and Colorectal Cancers, American Cancer Society
Date: March 13, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The CRC Clinician's Guide, available at, is a practical guide for primary care clinicians, entitled, ""How to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician's Evidenced-Based Toolbox and Guide."The Guide outlines efficient ways for practices to get every eligible patient the colorectal cancer screening tests he or she needs. The Guide contains evidenced-based tools, sample templates and strategies that can help practices improve their screening performance. This webinar will provide an overview of these resources and address how they are compatible with a health care home approach to preventive health care. CEU certificates available. Register for this webinar

The HCH Learning Collaborative is hosting this webinar as part of our monthly webinar series.
For more information on Health Care Homes please visit-

February 7, 2014

Provider Peer Grouping Monthly Stakeholder Call Monday February 10th CANCELLED

The next call will be held Monday, March 10th from 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Introduction to Health Care Homes Webinar Series
This four part webinar series is now available for viewing on demand.Topics covered include- 'Making the Case for Health Care Homes, Basics of Patient and Family Centered Care, Getting started on Quality Improvement and Creating a Culture of Change. The webinars are 1- 1 ½ hours each. For questions, or to request access to the webinar series, please email:

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System - MARC Meeting Cancelled
MN Community Measurement's Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) meeting is cancelled for the month of February. An announcement will be made regarding the meeting in March. Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS): Annual Clinic and Provider Registration and Data Submission
The MN Community Measurement (MNCM) Data Portal opened for clinic and provider registration in January 2013. Registration must be completed by February 7, 2014. All physician clinics in the state of Minnesota are required to register annually for the Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). MDH also uses registration information for Provider Peer Grouping to properly credit each physician clinic with the services they provide to their patients. Clinics that have previously registered with MNCM will need to update their clinic and provider information. The registration guide is posted on the MNCM Data Portal.

In 2014, physician clinics that choose MNCM's Direct Data Submission process to report SQRMS quality measures can authorize the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to receive patient-level data. MDH will use this data to better fulfill the Department's public health mission, and for quality improvement and SQRMS and Health Care Homes programmatic activities—in collaboration with its partners—as is current practice. Specifically, MDH will use the data to validate quality measure results, publicly report clinic results, research risk adjustment methodologies, benchmark and evaluate Health Care Homes, design and evaluate public health interventions, and research and analyze health disparities. MDH will not use the data to pursue regulatory or investigatory activities. In keeping with past practice, certified Health Care Homes must submit quality measure data at the patient-level to MDH to meet program requirements. MDH protects all quality measure data collected under SQRMS by adhering to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Chapter 13.

On January 21 and 22, MDH and MNCM gave a webinar on, "2014 Clinic & Provider Registration and Clinical Quality Data Submission Requirements". MNCM has posted the webinar, presentation slides, and a FAQ on its website.

Cycle A Data Submission Timelines
For clinics expected to report data in early 2014 (i.e., those that practice Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Endocrinology, Cardiology, or Psychiatry/Behavioral Health), below are the data submission timelines:

Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Vascular Care
Portal opened: Monday, January 13
Portal closes: Friday, February 14

Depression Remission at 6 Months
Portal opened: Monday, February 3
Portal closes: Friday, February 28

Updated Tuesday, March 04, 2014 at 12:45PM