Health Reform News and Announcements Archive
- As part of the process for developing standards for health care homes, we are seeking broad input from a wide range of stakeholders. Our work group has been meeting and is in the process of drafting standards for health care homes. We'd like to hear your thoughts on those draft standards.
For more information and to complete a feedback survey, please see Health Care Homes Standards Development - Public Input. The deadline for your response is January 7, 2009. Your comments will be integrated into the work group discussions. The work group will review and hone the standards in additional meetings in mid-January before providing recommendations to the Commissioners of Health and Human Services. (12/31/08)
- Three national experts will join representatives from the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services at a January 13 meeting to discuss how Minnesota's health care home efforts fit into the national landscape. The national speakers are Jeanne McAllister from the Center for Medical Home Improvement, Ann O'Malley from the Center for Studying Health System Change and Sarah Scholle from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
What: Health Care Homes Meeting: Minnesota and the National Landscape
When: January 13, 2009, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Snelling Office Park, 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul
The event is jointly sponsored by the Minnesota Medical Association and the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services. CEU/CME credits are available for health professionals. Seating is limited, so please register early.
Registration and additional information. (12/31/08)
As part of the 2008 Minnesota Health Reform Legislation, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement is under contract with the Minnesota Department of Health to facilitate and staff a process to identify and uniformly define seven baskets of care. The goal of this project is to develop definitions for seven baskets of care – collections of health care services designed to treat particular health conditions or episodes of care. The Commissioner of Health has assembled a steering committee for this task, chaired by Dr. George Isham, chief health officer and plan medical director at HealthPartners, and Dr. Douglas Wood, cardiologist at Mayo Clinic.
The first Baskets of Care Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2009. The steering committee will be discussing possible baskets of care at this meeting. If you have a suggestion or specific idea for a basket of care, please submit your suggestion and rationale to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 7, 2009. (12/30/08)
On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Community Measurement will hold a public forum on Thursday, January 15, regarding its recommendations on quality measures for public reporting purposes in Minnesota and to solicit input from stakeholders. The recommendations will be a subset of the quality measures identified in the Quality Measures Inventory Report.
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Mississippi Room
Snelling Office Park
1645 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Please see Recommendations for Health Care Quality Measures for more information. (12/29/08)
- Archived videos from the Health Care Homes Community Meeting are now available on the Health Care Homes Work Group site. If you were unable to attend the December 12 meeting, you can watch the speakers and Q&A session to get more information about health care homes in Minnesota. Presentation slides are also available on the site. (12/23/08)
- On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Community Measurement produced a national inventory of existing health care quality measures. The inventory is available for review and public response.
The deadline for comments is January 7, 2009.
For more information see National Inventory of Health Care Quality Measures. (12/23/08)
- The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce a contract has been awarded to the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement related to the Baskets of Care Request for Proposals. This contract includes facilitating and staffing a process through which a steering committee and subcommittees will provide recommendations on baskets of care, a uniform definition for each basket, and a set of quality measures related to baskets of care to the Minnesota Department of Health.
For more information please see Baskets of Care Steering Committee. (12/23/08)
- The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce a contract has been awarded to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. related to developing projections of health care spending in Minnesota and reviewing and certifying estimates of actual health spending in Minnesota. Activities under this contract are scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2010. (12/18/08)
- Minnesota Community Measurement will present a national inventory of existing health care quality measures to interested stakeholders at three public meetings in Rochester and the Twin Cities during the week of December 8.
For more information please see Minnesota Community Measurement to Present National Inventory of Quality Measures. (12/1/08)
- The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement has developed recommendations on health care system and patient outcomes to be considered in evaluating Health Care Homes. The recommendations are available for review and public response at the ICSI Web site.
The deadline for comments is December 10, 2008. (11/26/08)
- The Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services are pleased to announce that a contract has been awarded to the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation related to assessment of readiness of the primary care delivery system to implement Health Care Homes for targeted populations with chronic or complex conditions. The Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation will partner with the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians and Stratis Health to accomplish contract duties. Activities under this contract are scheduled to be completed by May 30, 2009. (11/26/08)
- The Health Care Homes Community Meeting will take place on Friday, December 12. Interested individuals are welcome to attend and will learn about the vision for Minnesota's Health Care Homes model, as well as the supporting activities, timeline and standards development involved in this aspect of health reform. A variety of speakers will discuss local and national activities around health care homes. The community meeting will kick off a smaller work group that will convene to develop standards, and the development process will include opportunity for public input.
What: Health Care Homes Community Meeting
When: December 12, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wilder Center Auditorium, 451 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul
The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to Toni.Gillen@state.mn.us by Thursday, December 11. The meeting also will be recorded and archived on our Web site for later viewing. (11/25/08)
The Minnesota Department of Health requests proposals from qualified respondents to develop a request for information (RFI) to solicit methods of constructing comparisons between health care providers on a composite measure of cost and quality and to invite stakeholders to put forth ideas related to these efforts; to synthesize and organize material submitted in response to the RFI for the purposes of informing and supporting a work group; to conduct any additional background research necessary to complement responses to the RFI; to coordinate, facilitate and staff a formal work group process about how to most appropriately compare providers on a composite measure of cost and quality; and to write a preliminary and final report with the work group’s recommendations.Notice of Availability of Contract for Provider Peer Groupings (11/17/08)
- The 2008 Legislature required the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to conduct a study of community benefit standards for Minnesota nonprofit health plan companies.
Specifically, MDH must make recommendations for community benefit reporting with a focus on supporting public health, improving the art and science of medical care, and the provision of financial assistance for Minnesotans to access ongoing coverage. The study is due to the Minnesota Legislature on January 15, 2009.
As required by the law, MDH is soliciting public input on what types of health plan activities should be considered community benefit; what, if any, standards should be put in place for uniform reporting of community benefit; and what, if any, mechanisms should be in place to establish accountability for community benefit.
The deadline for input is December 8, 2008.
For more information, please see the Community Benefit Standards for Nonprofit Health Plan Companies. (11/17/08)
- The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) under 2007 Minnesota Session Law is seeking proposals from qualified responders to create capacity for care delivery focused on care coordination and family involvement. Each project must involve the use of designated care professionals or clinics to serve as a patient's Medical Home/Health Care Home and be responsible for coordinating health care services across the continuum of care. Qualified responders include collaboratives and organizations that support multiple clinics.
Although standards for Health Care Home certification (2008 legislation) have not yet been identified, the State views the purpose of these funds as primarily an opportunity to build capacity for clinics and providers to foster the delivery of health care services under health care home models. As such, the State is allowing grant funds to be used to build capacity in flexible ways.
- The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce a contract has been awarded to the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement related to providing the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services with recommendations on the outcomes or goals to be used to guide the evaluation of Health Care Home legislation passed during the 2008 legislative session. Activities under this contract are scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2008. (10/31/08)
- The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce a contract has been awarded to Minnesota Community Measurement related to the Quality Measurement and Incentive Payment System Request for Proposals. This first contract includes producing an inventory of existing health care quality measures across the nation and sharing that information with interested stakeholders at public meetings on or before December 15, 2008. These efforts will lay the groundwork for establishing a uniform system of quality reporting on health care in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health has also selected Minnesota Community Measurement as the contractor for the balance of the work described in the RFP and Minnesota Community Measurement and the Minnesota Department of Health continue to negotiate details. (10/31/08)
- MDH publishes three new Requests for Proposals: An assessment of readiness of the primary care delivery system to implement Health Care Homes for targeted populations; Establishing Health Care Spending Projections and Certifying Actual Health Care Spending; and "Baskets of Care" (10/13/08)
- MDH requests proposals for encounter data collection system design and implementation (10/6/08)
- The Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services are seeking a contractor to recommend broad outcomes or goals to be used to guide the evaluation of Health Care Home legislation (9/19/08)
- MDH publishes first RFP related to health reform in State Register (9/2/08)
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) published a notice in the State Register on Tuesday, Sept. 2 announcing the department’s first Request for Proposals (RFP) in implementing health reform. MDH intends to negotiate a contract of up to $3 million over a four-year period related to this work.
- Health commissioner to convene new Health Care Reform Review Council on Thursday, September 25 (8/29/08)
- Letter from commissioners Magnan and Ludeman about health care reform (PDF:69KB/1 page) (8/25/08)
- Carol Backstrom appointed to coordinate health reform implementation (8/21/08)
- Governor Pawlenty announces nation leading plans to put consumers in control of THEIR health care (7/29/08)
- Fact sheet on health reform legislation (6/3/08)