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Health Reform Announcements -
July 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 - July 18, 2014

Minnesota’s nation-leading Medicaid reform initiative delivers $10.5 million in savings during first year
Minnesota’s new, nation-leading approach to delivering quality health care more efficiently for low-income individuals and families is paying off. In the first year of a program announced by the Department of Human Services and Governor Mark Dayton in 2013, six health care providers serving 100,000 Minnesotans spent $10.5 million less than projected – cost savings that will benefit Minnesota taxpayers.

Minnesota community collaboratives selected for $3.8 million in e-health awards
Minnesota’s State Innovation Model initiative awarded $3.8 million in grants to help 12 community collaboratives use e-health to promote health and improve care coordination. These grants will enable providers across different health care settings to have access to the information they need to coordinate care and keep people healthy and out of the hospital.

SIM Vision for Healthy Communities Regional Meetings Start July 28
Regional meetings are opportunities to learn about funding resources that support collaboration between providers and community programs and to find out what is happening in your area. In February 2013 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) awarded Minnesota a State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant of over $45 million to use across a three-year period. Minnesota’s goal is to help the state’s providers and communities work together to create healthier futures for Minnesotans. This unique Minnesota approach builds on Minnesota’s existing work with accountable care organizations, community care teams, health care homes, and other reform initiatives. SIM Minnesota is encouraging participation to partner around accountable care.

  • Find out about Minnesota’s Accountable Health Model and related funding opportunities
  • Connect with potential local partners to coordinate care, services, and support programs
  • Learn how you can get more involved in health reform

Get meeting dates and locations here.

Weekly Update - July 11, 2014

Minnesota to test how emerging professionals impact health care teams
Five organizations were awarded $30,000 grants to test the potential of emerging professionals to strengthen health care teams and improve access to care as part of Minnesota’s $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant. For the full announcement, visit the Latest News page. You can also learn more about SIM by reading the Minnesota Accountable Health Model - SIM Minnesota June Update, 

Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) Webinar
Minnesota is testing whether Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) might help overcome barriers that prevent care teams from keeping people healthy. Upcoming Accountable Community for Health grant will fund collaborative proposals and innovative strategies for coordinating care across settings.

The Minnesota Accountable Health Model is a joint effort between the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Health (MDH), funded by a testing grant from the State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The goal of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model is to use these funds to drive health care reform in the state and to test new ways of delivering and paying for health care.

Date: July 18, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register for this webinar

The presentation will cover:

  • Fundamentals of Accountable Communities for Health (ACH)
  • Accountability Assessment tool that helps identify capacity on a continuum of integration
  • Role of Local Public Health within the ACH framework with featured guest presenter Renee Frauendienst, Public Health Division Director/CHS Administrator at Stearns County
  • Up-coming community engagement activities

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System: Patient Experience, Data Submission, and Q&A

  •  Upcoming patient experience pre-survey deadline: July 14 - Physician clinics are reminded to complete the patient experience pre-survey stage by July 14. Assistance from MN Community Measurement is available at
  •  Cycle C Data Submission - The MN Community Measurement (MNCM) Data Portal opens on July 14, 2014 for Cycle C of quality measure data submission for SQRMS. Cycle C includes the Maternity Care Primary C-section Rate, Optimal Asthma Care, and Colorectal Cancer Screening quality measures. The MNCM Data Portal will close on August 15. Visit the MNCM website for more information.
  •  MNCM Q&A - MN Community Measurement’s (MNCM) monthly Question & Answer (Q&A) call-in session will occur on July 17 at noon. Please see the MNCM training calendar for more information.

Weekly Update - July 3, 2014

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System comments due July 7
MDH invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on Minnesota Community Measurement and Stratis Health’s final recommendations for physician clinic and hospital measures for the 2014 administrative rule, and subsequently, the 2015 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Comments must be submitted to MDH at by 4:30 p.m., July 7, 2014, to be considered.

Updated Friday, August 08, 2014 at 02:35PM