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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 27, 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 health.reform@state.mn.us by 4:30 p.m., July 7, 2014, to be considered.

Statewide Quality Reporting Public Forum June 26
MDH, MN Community Measurement (MNCM), and Stratis Health held a public forum in St. Paul, June 26, 10 a.m. - noon, to present final quality measure recommendations in connection with the annual update of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Final recommendations for physician clinic and hospital quality measures, forum presentations, and meeting information can be accessed at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS)
MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) meeting is cancelled for the month of July. An announcement will be made regarding the meeting in August. Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

Weekly Update - June 20, 2014

Statewide Quality Reporting Public Forum June 26

MDH, MN Community Measurement (MNCM), and Stratis Health will hold a public forum in St. Paul, June 26, 10 a.m. - noon, to present final quality measure recommendations in connection with the annual update of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Final recommendations for physician clinic and hospital quality measures, forum presentations, and meeting information 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.

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 health.reform@state.mn.us by 4:30 p.m., July 7, 2014, to be considered.

 

Weekly Update - June 13, 2014

Number of uninsured now lowest in Minnesota history
This week MNsure, together with the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), announced Minnesota’s uninsured population rate is at its lowest point since records on the rate have been kept.
 
Between September 30, 2013, and May 1, 2014, the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by 180,500, a reduction of 40.6 percent. The number of uninsured in Minnesota fell from 445,000 (8.2 percent of the population) to about 264,500 (4.9 percent of the population). These data provide a snapshot of coverage in Minnesota just before the MNsure open enrollment period began, and one month after it closed, allowing for processing of enrollments that had been started but not completed prior to the end of open enrollment.

Minnesota sees e-health transformation during the past decade
Minnesota has seen an e-health transformation during the last 10 years. Consumers have gained unprecedented access to their health information, and most Minnesota hospitals and clinics have moved from paper to electronic health records.

In 2014, 93 percent of Minnesota’s clinics and 99 percent of Minnesota’s hospitals have adopted electronic health records systems that make health information readily available to both providers and patients. Before 2004, fewer than 9 percent of Minnesota hospitals and 17 percent of clinics had electronic health records. The Minnesota Department of Health released its most recent e-health data Wednesday as part of the annual Minnesota e-Health Summit June 11-12.

 According to Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger, these e-health advances are the result of a decade of work by thousands of Minnesotans in government, businesses, nonprofits, and health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and public health.

“Minnesota has made great strides in health information technology to improve patient experience, health care quality, patient safety, and public health,” said Commissioner Ehlinger. “We must continue to support Minnesota’s e-Health Initiative to achieve the next step of e-health which is the creation of policies and processes that not only impact individual health but also improve the health of all Minnesotans and their communities.”

To mark this achievement, Governor Dayton proclaimed June 11, 2014 as Minnesota e-Health Day. This June also marks the 10th Anniversary of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative, a public-private collaborative that has helped drive progress on e-health in Minnesota. Awards were also presented at the summit.

Weekly Update - June 9, 2014

New timeline for Accountable Communities for Health grants
A revised timeline for the Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) grants has been released. The ACH competitive RFP is scheduled to be posted September 2014. Please visit the SIM Minnesota website for details and additional information about Accountable Communities for Health within the Minnesota Accountable Health Care Model.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System meeting
MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet on June 11, on work related to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

Health Care Homes seeks care teams for care coordination learning community opportunity
Health Care Homes is excited to share an opportunity for certified health care home teams wishing to enrich care coordination services in their organizations. This activity is sponsored by the MDH Health Care Home program and will be delivered by Stratis Health and the Minnesota Rural Health Resource Center. Four to five clinic teams will participate in a learning collaborative. The collaborative will work to expand current knowledge of best practices in care coordination beyond the boundaries of traditional clinical care into community resources. Members of this learning collaborative will understand the importance of care coordination. They will work to develop or strengthen an advisory board to help aid and assist in identifying community resources. Through this combined effort, this learning collaborative will develop best practices for extending care coordination to broader community resources with a focus on the service and well-being of patients and their caregivers. For more information, or to sign up to participate, please visit Learning Community CC Information. Recruitment ends June 30. Please contact us at Health.healthcarehomes@state.mn.us for questions.

Save the Date - Statewide Quality Reporting Public Forum June 26
MDH, MN Community Measurement and Stratis Health will hold a public forum in St. Paul on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to present final quality measure recommendations in connection with the annual update of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. Final recommendations for physician clinic and hospital quality measures, forum presentations, and meeting information 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated Monday, July 14, 2014 at 02:40PM