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Health Reform Announcements - December 2010

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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 will also be sent out via e-mail to subscribers to Health Reform Announcements. Updates will be sent each Thursday.

Weekly Update - December 23, 2010

Health care homes

MDH has certified eight additional health care homes:

  • Centracare Health System-Long Prairie Clinic
  • Centracare Clinic-Women & Children
  • Mankato Clinic
  • Mankato Clinic-Daniels Health Center
  • University of Minnesota Physicians - Bethesda Clinic
  • University of Minnesota Physicians - Broadway Family Medicine Clinic
  • University of Minnesota Physicians - Phalen Village Clinic
  • University of Minnesota Physicians - Smiley’s Clinic

For more information on health care homes, please see Health Care Homes.

General news

The latest Commissioner’s Perspective [expired link] by Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan is now available.

Weekly Update - December 16, 2010

Health care homes

REMINDER: The Health Care Homes Payment Methodology Steering Committee will meet Friday, December 17:

Friday, December 17, 2010
9 a.m.-noon
Minnesota Department of Health
Snelling Office Park, Red River Room
1645 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Google map

Weekly Update - December 9, 2010

Provider peer grouping

  • 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 a.m. The next call-in session is scheduled for Monday, December 13, at 7:30 a.m. The presentation slides for the call will be available Friday, December 10, on the Provider Peer Grouping page. Please note the new phone number and code.

    Date: December 13, 2010
    Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
    Phone number: 1-888-742-5095
    Participant code: 9247084406

  • The first meeting of the Provider Peer Grouping Reliability Work Group will be Monday, December 13. The purpose of this group is for members to provide advice about how to consider reliability for the peer grouping analysis and for MDH to convey information about reliability related to specific methodological issues. 

    Monday, December 13, 2010
    10 a.m. - Noon
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Orville L. Freeman Building, Room B107
    625 Robert St N
    St. Paul, MN 55155
    Google map

Health care homes

  • The December certification conference call/webinar has been canceled. The next call/webinar will take place on January 19, 2011:

    Next call/webinar:
    Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    Theme: TBD
    Time: 7:15 a.m.- 8 a.m. (Central Time)
    Materials: TBD

    For more information and to register, please see Health Care Homes – Conference Calls [expired link].

  • The Health Care Homes Payment Methodology Steering Committee will meet Friday, December 17:

    Friday, December 17, 2010
    9 a.m.-noon
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park, Red River Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Google map

Weekly Update - December 2, 2010


Statewide quality reporting

  • Minnesota Statutes 62U.02 requires the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to establish a standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state and to produce an annual 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. The Commissioner of Health is required to annually evaluate the measures included in the standardized set of quality measures. The 2010 amendments to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654, Permanent Rules Relating to Health Care Quality Measures, were approved by the Office of Administrative Hearings on October 26, 2010, and published in the November 29, 2010, edition of the State Register.

    The adopted rule and appendices are available at Health Care Quality Measures - Adopted Rule - November 29, 2010.

  • The December 8 meeting of the Measurement and Reporting Committee has been canceled.

General news

  • The December 9 meeting of the Health Care Reform Review Council has been canceled.

  • The MDH website has a new design. The new look improves usability and accessibility of our site and makes the site easier to view on mobile devices.

    The facelift is the result of a recent analysis of our website users. The analysis used three main research methods: A Web-based survey, usability testing and focus group discussions.


Updated Tuesday, 29-Apr-2014 10:32:37 CDT