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May 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 - May 30, 2014

E-health Roadmaps to Advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model RFP

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requests proposals to develop and disseminate Minnesota e-Health Roadmaps to Advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model (e-Health Roadmaps) for the settings of long-term and post-acute care, local public health, behavioral health, and social services. Each e-Health Roadmap will describe a path forward and a framework for a setting to enable providers to effectively use e-health to participate in the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. Proposals are due June 19.

SIM job posting

Accountable Communities for Health position is a two and a half year temporary position that directs the work of the Accountable Communities for Health activities for the Department of Human Services related to the implementation of a multi-agency, $45 million statewide health reform grant initiative, referred to as the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. This individual works closely with peers managing this work at the Minnesota Department of Health. This initiative builds on existing statewide health reform efforts and is funded by a State Innovation Model (SIM) Testing Grant awarded by the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The SIM testing grant is administered and implemented jointly by the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Health (DHS and MDH). The purpose of this position is to plan, develop and implement technical consultation, policy guidance, and oversight and coordination for Community Integration and Accountable Communities for Health activities. This person focuses on supporting community members and community providers engaging in implementation of Accountable Communities for Health and Community Integration activities necessary to participate in integrated health models such as accountable care organizations. To apply, visit https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting and use SIM as a keyword to find the posting. This position closes June 4.

Applications for emerging professions integration grants due June 5

The goal of the Minnesota Emerging Professions Integration Grant Program is to foster the integration of emerging professions – Community Health Worker, Community Paramedic, and Dental Therapist/Advanced Dental Therapist – into the workforce in roles that support the broad goals of the Minnesota Affordable Health Model related to providing coordinated care, across settings, for complex patients, populations and models of accountable care. Up to $180,000 will be available, for six grants of up to $30,000 each, to support the integration of an emerging professional. Eligible applicants are any type of organization that has the capacity to employ an emerging professional. Applications are due June 5, 2014.

Are you ready for integrated care?

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Lewin Group have produced a behavioral health integration capacity assessment tool. The purpose of the tool is to help behavioral health organizations evaluate their ability to implement integrated care in relation to three possible approaches: coordinate care, co-locate care, or build primary care capacity in-house.

HHS announces another round of SIM funding

This May the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made up to $730 million available as part of the State Innovation Model initiative to help states design and test improvements to their public and private health care payment and delivery systems. Project goals are to improve health, improve care, and decrease costs for consumers. Minnesota, as a recipient of first-round funds, is not eligible for this round of funds.

MARC meeting June 11

The MN Community Measurement's Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) will meet on June 11 about work related to the Statewide Reporting and Quality Measurement System. Please see the MARC page for more information.

Minnesota e-Health Summit 2014 registration deadline is June 4

The registration deadline for the Minnesota e-Health Summit 2014 is June 4. Visit the Minnesota e-Health Summit 2014 website to download the brochure with more information. The session “Leveraging e-Health to Achieve Coordinated Care and Accountable Health,” on June 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. will focus on e-health and accountable care. During this session, a panel of experts will discuss their strategies, experiences and future plans for using e-health to improve care transitions, care coordination and population health.

Minnesota Rural Health Conference is June 23-24

This year’s conference will include sessions on the partnerships so important in health care today, operational effectiveness, patient engagement, and tools and resources across an array of rural health care topics. The Minnesota Rural Health Conference features innovative, local and state solutions to challenges while encouraging informed and visionary leadership for the future. Everyone interested in rural health is welcome to attend the conference June 23-24, 2014 in Duluth at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC).

 

Weekly Update - May 23, 2014

2014 Statewide Quality Measures preliminary recommendations comment period extended to June 1
The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on MN Community Measurement's preliminary recommendations for physician clinic quality measures for the 2014 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2015 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. The preliminary recommendations and supplemental information are available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. Send comments to health.reform@state.mn.us by June 1, 2014.

 SIM Minnesota job postings
There are currently three job postings related to Minnesota’s State Innovation Model (SIM) Grant including an ACO payment reform coordinator (closing date May 28), a learning collaborative coordinator (closing date 5-29), and an accountable communities for health coordinator (closing date June 4). Visit https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting and use SIM as a keyword to find the postings.

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 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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.

 

Weekly Update - May 16, 2014

Comments sought for 2015 Statewide Quality Measures by May 23
The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on MN Community Measurement's preliminary recommendations for physician clinic quality measures for the 2014 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2015 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). The preliminary recommendations and supplemental information are now available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. Send comments to health.reform@state.mn.us by May 23, 2014. 

Reminder for clinics to complete the patient experience pre-survey document validation step by July 14
Physician clinics that are required to report the patient experience of care measure under the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS) and for the Health Care Homes program are urged to submit all validation documents for their clinics and survey vendors to MN Community Measurement (MNCM) by July 14. Physician clinics are reminded to consult MNCM’s Patient Experience of Care Data Collection Guide which delineates the key steps and timeline of the patient experience of care survey process. The guide can be downloaded from the MNCM’s data portal under the “Resources/Help” tab at http://mncm.org. Assistance is available at surveysupport@mncm.org.

Hospital Quality Reporting Steering Committee meeting May 19th
The Hospital Quality Reporting Steering Committee will hold a conference call on Monday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss recommendations to the hospital slate of measures for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Those that are interested in this public steering committee meeting may join this conference call. Please contact Patty Dokken at pdokken@stratishealth.org or 952-853-8557 for call in information or Vicki Tang Olson at volson@stratishealth.org or 952-853-8554 for additional questions.

Newly certified health care home
The Minnesota Department of Health announces the following new certified health care home. 

Richfield Medical Group - Richfield

There are now 327 certified health care homes. For more information or to find a certified health care home near you, please visit http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/index.html

Health Care Homes/Minnesota Accountable Health Model Learning Collaborative Advisory Committee meeting
This group advises and provides expertise to the combined learning collaborative activities of the Health Care Home and Minnesota Accountable Health Model. The second meeting will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, Room 272, Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street, St Paul.  For questions please email Health.healthcarehomes@state.mn.us

 

Weekly Update - May 9, 2014

MNsure Outreach and Enrollment Grant RFP proposals due June 2

MNsure recently released its 2014 Outreach and Enrollment Grant Requet for MNsure is issuing $4 million in grants targeted to fund outreach and enrollment efforts from September 1, 2014 until June 30, 2015. Proposals for those interested in a grant are due June 2.

 Comments sought for 2015 Statewide Quality Measures by May 23
The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on MN Community Measurement's preliminary recommendations for physician clinic quality measures for the 2014 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2015 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). The preliminary recommendations and supplemental information are now available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. Send comments to health.reform@state.mn.us by May 23, 2014.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System meeting
MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet on May 14, on work related to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

 Hospital Quality Reporting Steering Committee meeting May 19th
The Hospital Quality Reporting Steering Committee will hold a conference call on Monday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to discuss recommendations to the hospital slate of measures for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Those that are interested in this public steering committee meeting may join this conference call. Please contact Patty Dokken at pdokken@stratishealth.org or 952-853-8557 for call in information or Vicki Tang Olson at volson@stratishealth.org or 952-853-8554 for additional questions.

Provider Peer Grouping monthly stakeholder call Monday May 12
The May call will be hosted on Monday, May 12, 7:30-8:15 a.m. Please visit PPG Monthly Stakeholder Call for more information:

Please use the WebEx conference link and the meeting information below.

Dial-in number: 888-742-5095
Conference code: 4424599795
Webinar Meeting number: 590 296 888

Slides will be posted immediately following the call

Weekly Update - May 2, 2014

Comments sought for 2015 Statewide Quality Measures by May 23
The Minnesota Department of Health invites interested stakeholders to review and comment on MN Community Measurement's preliminary recommendations for physician clinic quality measures for the 2014 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2015 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). The preliminary recommendations and supplemental information are now available at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations. Send comments to health.reform@state.mn.us by May 23, 2014.

Understanding ACOs in Minnesota May 9 
This presentation will provide:
• ACO or ACO-like model overview
• ACOs' link to the Minnesota Accountable Health Model
• Introduction to Medicaid ACO models in Minnesota
Presenters: Marie Zimmerman, Health Care Policy Director, and Mathew Spaan, Agency Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Registration is required: https://health-state-mn-ustraining.webex.com/health-state-mn-ustraining/k2/j.php?MTID=tf8371f35c40be01f5096db9d1b229ca4

Webinar recording: Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System - Patient Experience of Care and Total Knee Replacement
The Minnesota Department of Health and MN Community Measurement (MNCM) presented an informational webinar to review the 2014 Patient Experience of Care Measure on March 26, and to review the 2014 Total Knee Replacement measure on April 8, for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Visit the MNCM website to access the slides, webinar recording, and FAQ documents from these webinars.

Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System meeting May 14
MN Community Measurement's Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) will meet on May 14, on work related to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee for more information.

SIM Minnesota RFP round up
Minnesota's State Innovation Model roject currently has three active RFPs related to emerging professionals, e-health grants, and e-health roadmaps. Learn more at the RFP web page.
·     Applications for emerging professions integration grants due June 5
·     Minnesota e-Health Roadmaps to Advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model RFP written questions due May 5
·     SIM Minnesota receives letters of intent for e-Health grants - As of March 27, the Minnesota Accountable Health Model e-Health Grant Program received a total of 32 non-binding letters of Intent to Respond to an e-Health grants RFP. The deadline for submitting a grant proposal is May 5, 2014. You can still submit a grant proposal, even if you have not submitted a letter of how intent.

Can behavioral health play the ACO game?
The National Council for Behavioral Health has created a boardgame infographic to help explain how behavioral health organizations might benefit if they "Play the Game of ACO." https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/topics-a-z/accountable-care-organizations/

Minnesota featured in a national prevention financing report
Minnesota is one of the states highlighted in a recent report by National Academy for State Health Policy. The report looks at how leading states are approaching community-based prevention initiatives by bridging the health care delivery and public health systems. The report, Financing Prevention: How States are Balancing Delivery System & Public Health Roles, is available at http://nashp.org/

IOM identifies 17 social and behavioral factors to collect in EHRs
The Institute of Medicine has identified the top social and behavioral areas that should be addressed in electronic health records to improve health outcomes and advance public health research efforts. The findings are available in the IOM report: Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains in EHRs http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2014/Capturing-Social-and-Behavioral-Domains-in-Electronic-Health-Records-Phase-1.aspx

2014 Minnesota e-Health Summit: ONC Chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo Will Keynote
The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, has been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on June 11-12, 2014. The registration deadline is June 4, 2014. Visit Minnesota e-Health Summit to download the brochure with more information. http://www.health.state.mn.us/e-health/summit/summit2014.html
General questions on the Minnesota e-Health Summit can be directed to Bob Johnson via email at bob.b.johnson@state.mn.us. There are still some exhibit spaces and sponsorships available; please contact Karen Beaulieu, GTS Conference & Tradeshow Manager, at kbeaulieu@mngts.org for more information.

Improving hypertension outcomes workshop
MDH Health Care Home program is partnering with Community Transformation Grant and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to provide a 3 hour workshop for clinics: "Improving Hypertension Outcomes"
Date/Time: May 20, 2014, 1-4pm
Location: Fergus Falls,
Registration (Capacity Limit of 30 participants)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated Monday, July 14, 2014 at 02:30PM