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May 2010

  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requests proposals from highly qualified respondents to enhance consumer awareness of differences in cost and quality among health care providers. Specifically, the contractor must work collaboratively with MDH to identify options for displaying complex health information in a consumer-friendly manner. MDH will use the contractor’s recommendations to inform its decisions about how to display quality data related to Minnesota Statutes 62U.02 and peer grouping data under Minnesota Statutes 62U.04. The contractor will subsequently create two consumer-friendly web applications: the first will be related to reporting solely on quality results to be launched in the fall of 2010, while the second will report provider peer grouping results as early as December 2010. The second web application will have some of the same functionality but will have more complex queries as it displays cost and quality data. The contractor will create and launch these two web applications, which will be hosted on a website controlled by MDH.

    Work is proposed to start after July 29, 2010.

    Responses to this solicitation are due no later than 4 p.m., Central Time, June 28, 2010.

    For more information, please see Requests for Proposal - Notice of Availability of Contract for Consumer Reporting Web Applications. (5/24/10)


  • The Minnesota Department of Health is offering mini-grants of $5,000 or less to help clinics finalize the application for the health care home certification process. The purpose of these mini-grants is to finalize the transformation component in clinic redesign that supports the clinic implementation of health care home standards. Administrative support proposals to refine or create documents that support health care home implementation in clinics will also be considered.

    The application deadline is May 24, 2010. The expectation is that the projects will be implemented between June 2010 and November 2010.

    For examples of work eligible for grant funding and to download the application, please go to Health Care Homes - Mini-grants [expired link]. (5/17/10)


  • The MDH Health Care Home team will be hosting informational conference calls and webinars every third Wednesday of the month throughout 2010. Applicants and potential applicants with questions regarding the health care home certification process can call in with questions. There will be a brief update on health care homes implementation and next steps at the beginning of the call, followed by a brief presentation on a certification-related theme. Each month will focus on a different theme.

    Next conference call/webinar:
    Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
    Theme: Who is a part of my health care home: patients, team and registry perspective
    Time: 7:15 a.m.-8 a.m. (Central Time)

    Please see Health Care Homes - Conference Calls and Webinars [expired link] for more information and to see the schedule of conference calls dates and times for the rest of 2010. (5/14/10)


  • The Minnesota Department of Health will hold five regional health care homes (HCH) implementation certification training workshops throughout Minnesota in May and June 2010. These workshops are for clinics and clinicians who are considering HCH implementation.

    For more details about each workshop and to register, please see Health Care Homes - Regional Workshops [expired link]. (5/13/10)


  • The Minnesota Department of Health is soliciting proposals from qualified agencies to develop meaningful statewide consumer-friendly messages to broaden community and public awareness of the health care homes initiative led by the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services. The goal of this project is to develop with stakeholder input appropriate outreach/marketing messages.

    Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m., Central Daylight Time, May 25, 2010.

    For more information, please go to Health Reform Requests for Proposals or contact Anita Ngo, contract manager, at 651-201-3745 or anita.ngo@state.mn.us. (5/7/10)


  • Minnesota's local NBC stations (KARE, KBJR, KTTC, KVLY) will air the documentary "Too Much to Lose" on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. The one-hour documentary explores the overweight/obesity epidemic in Minnesota and the efforts across the state to improve health and wellness (including the Statewide Health Improvement Program, or SHIP). The documentary is produced by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota, a group of Minnesota companies that MDH is working with to engage companies and communities to help Minnesotans become healthier.

    Highlights of the documentary include several SHIP projects and an interview with Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. At the end of the documentary there will be a phone number posted for viewers to call if they are interested in getting involved in their local community efforts. The hotline will be covered by MDH staff, who will provide callers with the contact information for their local SHIP Coordinator.

    More information about the Alliance is available at www.MNAlliance.org. You can also view the documentary there in its entirety, after it airs. (5/7/10)

  • MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet May 12 on work related to the development of the statewide quality reporting and measurement system.

    Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee Meeting for more information. (5/4/10)


  • Minnesota Statutes 62U.02 requires the Commissioner of Health to establish a standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state and to produce an annual public report on health care quality. A subset of the standardized set of quality measures will be used for public reporting purposes.  To implement the collection of quality measurement data, MDH has developed the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System, created through Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654. This rule compels physician clinics and hospitals to submit data on a set of quality measures to be publicly reported and also establishes a broader standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state. MDH will collect data on those measures to be publicly reported, while health plans may only require providers to submit data on those measures that are part of the standardized set.

    The Commissioner of Health is required to evaluate the measures included in the standardized set of quality measures on an annual basis. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) contracted with MN Community Measurement (MNCM) and other community partners to make recommendations on an annual basis about new, modified, and/or retired quality measures for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System.

    MNCM has submitted preliminary recommendations to MDH for the 2010 administrative rule. The preliminary recommendations are now available for public review and comment at Health Care Quality Measures – Recommendations.

    MDH invites stakeholders to submit comments on the recommendations to comments@mnhealthcare.org. The deadline for comments is 10 a.m. on Monday, May 17, 2010.


    MNCM will incorporate the comments received in to a final set of recommendations that will be submitted to MDH by June 1, 2010.  MDH and MNCM will host a public forum in June to present these final recommendations to interested stakeholders. The Commissioner of Health will consider MNCM’s final recommendations in making changes to the existing set of measures included in the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System.  MDH will publish proposed revisions to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654 by August 15, 2010 as part of an expedited rulemaking process. (5/4/10)

  • The Health Care Homes Outcomes Measurement Work Group will meet Thursday, May 6, from 1-4 p.m. on work related to the outcomes measurement recommendations for certified health care homes.

    Meeting info:

    May 6, 2010
    1-4 p.m.
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park, Red River Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

    Please see Health Care Homes - Outcomes Measurement for more information. (5/3/10)
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April 2010

  • Provider Peer Grouping Updates:

    • MDH has convened a Rapid Response Team comprised of providers, purchasers and consumers, to provide input on significant methodological issues that arise during implementation of provider peer grouping. Members of the team will work independently with their stakeholder groups to solicit opinions about each issue presented to them. The group will begin work in late April.

      Members are:

      • Mark Sonneborn, Vice President, Information Services
        Minnesota Hospital Association

      • Janet Silversmith, Director of Department of Health Policy
        Minnesota Medical Association

      • Marie Zimmerman, Health Care Program Manager
        Minnesota Department of Human Services

      • Beth McMullen, Health Policy Director
        Minnesota Business Partnership

      • Susan Knudson, Vice President, Health Informatics
        Health Partners, Inc. (representing the MN Council of Health Plans)

      • Michele Kimball, Senior State Director
        AARP

    • MDH will hold monthly conference calls to share information about the provider peer grouping initiative on the second Monday of each month from 7:30-8:30 am.  The first call-in session is scheduled for Monday, May 10, at 7:30 a.m.

    Date: May 10, 2010
    Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
    Phone Number: 1-218-936-4141
    Access Code: 5618840

  • MDH will begin to send biweekly e-mail updates on provider peer grouping as the project progresses. (4/22/10)
  • The MDH Health Care Home team will be hosting informational conference calls and webinars every third Wednesday of the month throughout 2010. Applicants and potential applicants with questions regarding the health care home certification process can call in with questions. There will be a brief update on health care homes implementation and next steps at the beginning of the call, followed by a brief presentation on a certification-related theme. Each month will focus on a different theme.

    Next conference call/webinar:
    Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Theme: Similarities in Health Care Homes and NCQA Standards
    Time: 12:15-1 p.m. (Central Time)

    Please see Health Care Homes - Conference Calls and Webinars [expired link] for more information and to see the schedule of conference calls dates and times for the rest of 2010. (4/15/10)

  • The Minnesota Department of Health will hold a health care homes implementation certification training workshop in the southwest region of Minnesota on April 29, 2010. This workshop is for clinics and clinicians in the southwest region of Minnesota who are considering HCH implementation.

    Date: April 29, 2010
    Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Jackpot Junction Casino & Hotel, Morton, Minn.
    Fee: $15
    Maximum number of participants: 35

    For more information and to register, please see Health Care Homes - Events. (4/2/10)


  • MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet April 14 on work related to the development of the statewide quality reporting and measurement system.

    Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee Meeting for more information. (4/2/10)

  • Minnesota Statutes 62U.02 requires the Commissioner of Health to establish a standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state. The Commissioner of Health established these measures in Minnesota Rules, chapter 4654, and is required to review them on an annual basis. MDH invites interested stakeholders to submit recommendations on the addition, removal, or modification of standardized quality measures to MDH by June 1 of each year. The Commissioner will take these recommendations into consideration in determining what changes should be made to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System.

    Recommendations must address how addition, removal, or modification of a quality measure relates to one or more of the following criteria: 

    • The magnitude of the individual and societal burden imposed by the clinical condition being measured by the quality measure, including disability, mortality, and economic costs;

    • The extent of the gap between current practices and evidence-based practices for the clinical condition being measured by the quality measure, and the likelihood that the gap can be closed and conditions improved through changes in clinical processes;

    • The relevance of the quality measure to a broad range of individuals with regard to:

    (1) age, gender, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity;
    (2) the ability to generalize quality improvement strategies across the spectrum of health care conditions; and
    (3) the capacity for change across a range of health care settings and providers;

    • The extent to which the quality measure has either been developed or accepted, or approved through a national consensus effort;

    • The extent to which the results of the quality measure are likely to demonstrate a wide degree of variation across providers; and

    • The extent to which the quality measure is valid and reliable.

    Recommendations must be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health at health.reform@state.mn.us by 4:30 p.m. on June 1, 2010, to be considered.

    For more information, please see Health Care Quality Measures - Adopted Rule. (4/2/10)

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March 2010

  • A March 2010 report from the National Academy for State Health Policy and the Commonwealth Fund explores Minnesota’s efforts to transform its health care delivery system. The report focuses both on our landmark legislation passed in 2008, as well as the many public and private initiatives that preceded its passage.

    A link to the article, "Reforming Health Care Delivery Through Payment Change And Transparency: Minnesota’s Innovations," is available on our Health Reform In the News page. (3/31/10)


  • The Minnesota Department of Health is soliciting proposals from qualified local agencies to develop and implement a health care homes statewide learning collaborative. The goal of the statewide learning collaborative is to build the capacity of primary care providers to meet the standards, criteria and expected outcomes of health care home certification and to meet the legislative mandates for the health care homes program.

    Proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time on April 26, 2010.

    For more information, please contact Contract Manager Cherylee Sherry at (651) 201-3769 or go to Request for Proposals - Health Care Homes Learning Collaborative. (3/29/10)


  • MDH hires new state health economist

The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce the hiring of April Todd-Malmlov as the new state health economist and director of the department’s Health Economics Program.

Ms. Todd-Malmlov has extensive health policy experience in the public and private health care sectors. For the past three years, she has worked for UnitedHealth Group, monitoring health care market conditions and analyzing federal and state legislation. She most recently served as the vice president of Strategic Analysis and Communication for Government Affairs at UnitedHealth Group. In this role, she led the tracking, analysis, and communication of state and federal health reform legislation. Todd-Malmlov’s in-depth knowledge of federal health reform legislation, other states’ legislative activities, and her experience with state health care markets will be invaluable as Minnesota addresses the implementation of federal health reform and continues its efforts to increase access to affordable, high quality health care.

Todd-Malmlov previously worked for eight years with MDH’s Health Economics Program, most recently as the deputy director. In her time with the Health Economics Program, Todd-Malmlov managed many projects related to the measurement and analysis of health care costs, access, and quality. She also managed the Minnesota Health Access Survey, the state’s definitive source for information about health insurance coverage in Minnesota. 

Todd-Malmlov’s extensive knowledge and experience in analyzing Minnesota’s health care market, and her detailed knowledge of federal health reform, will ensure that the Health Economics Program continues to support Minnesota policymakers with high-quality, timely, and unbiased analysis. Todd-Malmlov will join MDH on April 6th. (3/23/10)

  • Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan's latest "Commissioner's Perspective" on health reform [expired link] is now available, along with the monthly Health Reform Implementation Update. (3/18/10)


  • Two health care homes webinars have been scheduled for March and April:

    1) Payment Methodology for Certified Health Care Homes
    March 24, 2010
    Noon - 1 p.m.

    Presenters:
    • Ross Owen, MPA
      Health Services and Medical Management, Minnesota Department of Human Services
    • Marie Maes-Voreis, RN, BSN, MA
      Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

    2) Free and Low-cost Registry Options
    April 22, 2010
    Noon - 1 p.m.

    Please see Health Care Homes - Events for more information and to register. (3/16/10)

  • A public meeting about the payment methodology for health care homes will take place on March 12, 2010, to outline the methodology and gather public comments:

    Friday, March 12, 2010
    2-4 p.m.
    MDH Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

    There will also be a conference call option for those who wish to participate remotely:

    Number: 1-877-952-2089
    Participant Passcode: 5411585

    During the meeting, call-in participants can pose questions via e-mail at health.healthcarehomes@state.mn.us.

    Please see Health Care Homes - Payment Methodology for more information and to review the components of the payment methodology. (3/11/10)

  • The Health Care Reform Review Council will meet on March 18, 2010, from 10 a.m. to noon. Location information:

    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

    Please see Health Care Reform Review Council for more information. (3/11/10)


  • The MDH Health Care Home team will be hosting informational conference calls and webinars every third Wednesday of the month throughout 2010. Applicants and potential applicants with questions regarding the health care home certification process can call in with questions. There will be a brief update on health care homes implementation and next steps at the beginning of the call, followed by a brief presentation on a certification-related theme. Each month will focus on a different theme.

    Next conference call/webinar:
    Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
    Theme: How to request a variance
    Time: 7:15-8 a.m. (Central Time)

    Please see Health Care Homes - Conference Calls and Webinars [expired link] for more information and to see the schedule of conference calls dates and times for the rest of 2010. (3/10/10)

  • MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee will meet March 10 on work related to the development of the statewide quality reporting and measurement system.

    Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee Meeting for more information. (3/8/10)

  • The Health Care Homes Payment Methodology Steering Committee will meet Friday, March 5, to discuss the revised payment methodology for health care homes. A public meeting will also take place on March 12 to outline the methodology and gather public comments.

    This version of the payment methodology is now available for review. This package includes:

    • A description of the rationale for the risk-stratification used in the methodology
    • A draft tool to evaluate health care home patients and place them in appropriate complexity tiers for care coordination payments
    • Care coordination rates proposed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) for the fee-for-service Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) population

    This framework is the culmination of robust, thoughtful stakeholder input. The goal for the health care homes initiative is to move toward a community standard that can be used by all payers and clinics.

    DHS and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) want and need to evaluate the tier assignment tool and verify that this tool and future versions are used consistently.

    Both DHS and MDH are seeking community input on the payment methodology and tool to continue to improve them in future iterations. The upcoming steering committee meeting and public meeting will provide opportunities for comments and discussion of next steps.

    Please see Health Care Homes - Payment Methodology to review the components of the payment methodology. (3/2/10)

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February 2010

  • The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce that a contract has been awarded to Mathematica Policy Research to implement a provider peer grouping system based on a combined measure of risk-adjusted cost and quality, in total and for up to six identified specific health conditions. Mathematica will also collaborate with Minnesota Community Measurement on quality reporting issues and the University of Minnesota to evaluate the project.

    Mathematica brings experience and capacity in developing resource use and quality measures for public reporting at the national level. Its Minnesota partners also offer knowledge of both the data and stakeholders' concerns about the project. Work on the project will build on the approach outlined by the Provider Peer Grouping Advisory Group last summer.

    For more information, please contact health.reform@state.mn.us. (2/24/10)


  • Twenty mini-grant applications from across the state were selected to be funded as part of a Minnesota health care home development project focused on patient/family-centered care. Over 65 proposals were received from clinics or systems throughout Minnesota. The proposals focused on ways to increase patient/family participation in clinics and emerging health care homes.

    Please see Health Care Homes - Mini-grant Awards [expired link] to see a list of grant recipients and examples of funded projects. (2/23/10)


  • A health care homes webinar on "Getting Started with Limited Funds" will take place on February 24, 2010, from noon to 1 p.m.

    Presenters:
    • Jeanne W. McAllister, BSN, MS, MHA
      Director, Center for Medical Home Improvement, Concord, NH
    • Marie Maes-Voreis, RN, MA
      Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

    There is no cost to participate in the webinar. For more information and to register, please see Health Care Homes - Events. (2/19/10)

  • The MDH Health Care Home team will be hosting informational conference calls and webinars every third Wednesday of the month throughout 2010. Applicants and potential applicants with questions regarding the health care home certification process can call in with questions. There will be a brief update on health care homes implementation and next steps at the beginning of the call, followed by a brief presentation on a certification-related theme. Each month will focus on a different theme.

    Next call/webinar:
    Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
    Theme: How to Use the online Certification System
    Time: 12:15-1 p.m. (Central Time)

    Please see Health Care Homes - Conference Calls and Webinars [expired link] for more information. (2/1210)

  • MDH's report to the Legislature on the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is now available for review.

    Please see SHIP - 2010 Legislative Report [expired link] to download the report and appendices. (2/12/10)


  • MN Community Measurement’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (formerly known as the Reporting Advisory Committee) will meet February 10 on work related to the development of the statewide quality reporting and measurement system.

    Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee Meeting for more information. (2/8/10)
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January 2010

  • Minnesota’s 2008 Health Reform Law requires the Minnesota Department of Health to develop a quality incentive payment system. The Minnesota Department of Health has released its report establishing the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System.

    This report describes both the methodology and the quality measures included in the system's first iteration. The State Employee Group Insurance Program is required to use the system, as is the Minnesota Department of Human Services to the extent the system is consistent with federal law and regulation. Other payers are also encouraged to use the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System. 

    The use of consistent conditions and measures as the basis of a broadly implemented incentive payment system will galvanize market forces to reward excellent and improved performance by health care providers. 

    Please see Health Care Quality Measures - Quality Incentive Payment System to view the report. (1/27/10)


  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) published the adopted rule related to health care homes on January 11, 2010. Minnesota Statutes §256B.0751, subd.2, directs MDH and DHS to develop and implement standards of certification for health care homes for state health care programs. This adopted rule carries out these directions by developing and implementing the standards. It also spells out the procedures for certification and re-certification of health care homes. The rule became effective when it was published. A copy of the adopted rule and additional information are available at Health Care Homes - Adopted Rule. (1/25/10)


  • The MDH Health Care Home team will be hosting informational conference calls and webinars every third Wednesday of the month throughout 2010. Applicants and potential applicants with questions regarding the health care home certification process can call in with questions. There will be a brief update on health care homes implementation and next steps at the beginning of the call, followed by a brief presentation on a certification-related theme. Each month will focus on a different theme.

    Next call/webinar:
    Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
    Theme: How to Use the Certification Assessment Tool
    Time: 12:15-1 p.m. (Central Time)

    Please see Health Care Homes - Conference Calls and Webinars [expired link] for more information. (1/19/10)

  • Three reports to the Legislature on the health reform activities of Minnesota's Vision are now available for review:

    Please see Health Care Homes for "Health Care Homes: Annual Report on Implementation."

    Please see Consumer Engagement for "Strategies to Engage Consumers on Health Care Cost and Quality."

    Please see Essential Benefit Set for "Essential Benefit Set Work Group: Recommendations Report." (1/19/10)

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December 2009

  • The Minnesota Department of Health has adopted a permanent rule establishing the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. This rule compels physician clinics and hospitals to submit data on a set of quality measures to be publicly reported and also establishes a broader standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state.

    The notice of adoption of this rule was published in the December 28, 2009, edition of the State Register. The rule takes effect on December 28, 2009.

    A copy of the adopted rule, along with a final version of its technical appendices, is available at Health Care Quality Measures – Adopted Rule. (12/28/09)

  • The MDH Health Care Home team will be hosting a certification informational conference call on December 16, 2009. Applicants and potential applicants with questions regarding the health care home certification process can call in with questions.

    Please see Health Care Homes - Conference Calls [expired link] for more information. (12/15/09)


  • The Health Care Reform Review Council will meet on December 10, 2009, from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in a new location:

    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

    Please see Health Care Reform Review Council for more information. (12/8/09)

  • MDH is accepting applications for health care home certification site visit evaluators. Evaluators can be health care team members (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, care coordinators, etc., who work in primary care) or consumers (who have experience with the health care system themselves or through a family member who has a complex or chronic condition).

    The deadline for applications is December 31, 2009. Several positions will be available, and work will begin in mid-January. MDH is looking for a variety of applicants from across the state who can commit to a minimum number of site visits between January 12, 2010 and June 30, 2010. MDH will establish individual agreements for up to $5,000 per evaluator for site visits and travel expenses. Agreements will be renegotiated and extended as needed in June for fiscal year 2011.

    Applicants must complete the application and participate in a 30-minute WebEx or telephone interview and must attend training as identified by MDH. (Please see the requirements in the application.) Interviews for the positions will begin in the first week of January.

    Please see Health Care Homes to download the applications.

    If you have questions please contact Marie Maes-Voreis at 651-201-5421 or health.healthcarehomes@state.mn.us. (12/8/09)


  • The baskets of care proposed rule and appendices are available for public review and comment. The Notice of Intent to Adopt Expedited Rules without a Public Hearing and the proposed rule are published in the December 7, 2009 edition of the State Register (PDF: 314KB/36 pages).

    The Minnesota Department of Health encourages interested parties to submit written comments or questions on the rules by 4:30 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, January 5, 2009. Written comments or questions must be submitted to: Katie Burns, MN Department of Health, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN  55164-0882, or health.reform@state.mn.us.

    Please see Baskets of Care - Proposed Rule to review the proposed rule and appendices. (12/7/09)

  • Minnesota Community Measurement’s Reporting Advisory Committee will meet December 9 on work related to the development of the statewide quality reporting and measurement system.

    Please see Reporting Advisory Committee Meeting for more information. (12/7/09)

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