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Health Reform Announcements - June 2010

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Starting in June 2010, the Minnesota Department of Health will be 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 - June 24, 2010

Health care homes

  • A conference call on "Health Care Home Contracting with Health Plans" will take place on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, from noon to 12:30 p.m.

    Minnesota state law provides for health care home contracting with primary care clinics beginning July 1, 2010. Hear preliminary plans from select health plans working with government programs as to how they will implement contracting.

    Register for the call [expired link]


  • The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services are offering a webinar for clinics, health care organizations, health plans and state systems that are planning to train individuals about the state's health care home payment methodology process.

    Utilizing a train-the-trainer approach, this webinar will provide strategies and tools to support an internal training program that provides instruction on the payment methodology workflow process and the care coordination tier assignment tool.

    The free webinar will be offered on two dates:

    Friday, July 16, 2010
    Noon-1:30 p.m. CDT


    Wednesday, July 21, 2010
    7:30-9 a.m. CDT


    For more information, please see Health Care Homes – Train-the-Trainer Webinar [expired link].


Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

The Statewide Health Improvement Program, or SHIP, will be holding a conference for SHIP grantees and partners on Aug. 3-4, 2010. The conference, “Making Strides Toward a Better State of Health,” will be an environment for education, skill building and learning from each other for tribal and local public health, state and local government stakeholders and community partners from throughout Minnesota.

For more information on SHIP, please see Statewide Health Improvement Program.


Weekly Update - June 17, 2010

Health care homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the official solicitation to states to apply to become Medicare Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) demonstration sites. This is an exciting opportunity to include Medicare fee-for-service enrollees in patient-centered health care homes across the state. As part of the demonstration project, CMS would pay health care homes a care coordination fee consistent with the multi-payer program now being put into place for Medicare fee-for-service enrollees. For seniors and their providers, this is an opportunity to fully participate in Minnesota’s development of health care homes.

In preparation for completing the application, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will be convening a stakeholder advisory task force whose charge will be to advise and recommend options to state staff and the commissioners on key elements of the application.

These meetings will be open to the public and will take place on the following dates and times:

June 24, 2010    8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
July 16, 2010     8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
July 22, 2010     9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

All meetings will take place at the Snelling Office Park Location, 1645 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55108. Driving directions

For more information please see the MAPCP website solicitation [expired link].


Statewide quality reporting system

MDH seeks public comments on recommendations submitted to the agency related to standardized quality measures. Recommendations have been submitted for both physician clinic and hospital measures and are available at Health Care Quality Measures - Recommendations.

MDH will accept comments at health.reform@state.mn.us until July 11, 2010.

Weekly Update - June 10, 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, June 14, at 7:30 a.m. The presentation slides for the call will be available Friday, June 11, on the Provider Peer Grouping page.

Date: June 14, 2010
Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Phone Number: 1-218-936-4141
Access Code: 5618840


Statewide quality reporting system

REMINDER:

MDH and MN Community Measurement (MNCM) will hold a public forum in St. Paul on June 14 to present MNCM’s final quality measure recommendations in connection with the first annual update and expansion of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. MNCM will also present its measure concept recommendations for development of new measures related to maternity care, low back pain and total knee replacement. 

These recommendations are available at Health Care Quality Measures - Recommendations. The public forum will include an opportunity for interested stakeholders to comment on the recommendations and to ask questions.

Meeting Information:
Monday, June 14, 2010
2–4 p.m.
Minnesota Department of Health
Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room
1645 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Directions: http://www.health.state.mn.us/about/sop.html


Health care homes

The June certification conference call/webinar has been canceled. The next call/webinar will take place on July 21, 2010:

Next call/webinar:
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Theme: Preparing for your site visit
Time: 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. (Central Time)
Materials: Coming soon

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

 

Previous June 2010 announcements

  • The Health Care Reform Review Council will meet on June 10, 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. (6/3/10)


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

    Please see Measurement and Reporting Committee Meeting for more information. (6/3/10)


  • A new report by the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) presents an analysis of estimated health care spending for Minnesota residents for 2008 and a revised baseline of health care spending projections in the state through 2018. The report also analyzes the potential level of savings associated with implementing Minnesota's 2008 health reform law by comparing 2008 actual spending with what spending would have been without reforms.

    Key findings from the report include the following:

    • Health care spending in Minnesota reached an estimated $35.1 billion in 2008;
    • While 2008 health care spending in Minnesota grew by 5.7 percent, spending growth was lower than the 7.1 percent in 2007, but higher than growth in health care spending for the US overall (4.4 percent);
    • Despite the recent faster growth in health care spending, Minnesota continues to spend less on health care per person than the country as a whole ($6,720 compared to $7,166);
    • Without the impact of Minnesota health reforms, health care spending in Minnesota is projected to nearly double in the next 10 years, reaching $69.6 billion in 2018;
    • The comparison of actual to projected spending in 2008 did not yield savings (actual spending slightly exceeded projected spending), primarily because many of the provisions of Minnesota's health reforms had not taken place. (6/2/10)

    The report is available online at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpsc/hep/index.html.

    If you have questions, please contact April Todd-Malmlov at 651-201-3561, or by e-mail at april.todd-malmlov@state.mn.us. (6/2/10)

  • MDH and MN Community Measurement (MNCM) will hold a public forum in St. Paul on June 14 to present MNCM’s final quality measure recommendations in connection with the first annual update and expansion of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. MNCM will also present its measure concept recommendations for development of new measures related to maternity care, low back pain and total knee replacement. 

    These recommendations are available at Health Care Quality Measures - Recommendations. The public forum will include an opportunity for interested stakeholders to comment on the recommendations and to ask questions.

    Meeting Information:
    Monday, June 14, 2010
    2–4 p.m.
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Snelling Office Park, Mississippi Room
    1645 Energy Park Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Directions: http://www.health.state.mn.us/about/sop.html (6/2/10)

  • Proceedings from the May 18, 2010 meeting on accountable care organizations are now available at Taking Stock: Accountable Care Organizations in Minnesota. (6/2/10)

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Updated Tuesday, 29-Apr-2014 10:36:24 CDT