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Health Care Quality Measures
Adopted Rule - December 2015

Enacted in 2008, Minnesota’s Health Reform Law requires the Commissioner of Health to establish a standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state. The goal is to create a more uniform approach to quality measurement to enhance market transparency and drive health care quality improvement through an evolving measurement and reporting strategy. This standardized quality measure set, which built on earlier voluntary efforts and made data submission by providers mandatory, is called the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (Quality Reporting System). Physician clinics and hospitals are required to report quality measures annually.

MDH updates the Quality Reporting System measure set annually through a process that includes seeking public comment and recommendations from the community and concludes by issuing an updated administrative Rule. The Rule describes specific data elements that providers are required to submit to MDH for each measure. The 2015 amendments to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654, Permanent Rules Relating to Health Care Quality Measures, were approved by the Office of Administrative Hearings on December 18, 2015, and published in the January 11, 2016, edition of the State Register. The final and adopted rule, appendices, and measure specifications are available for download below.

The final and adopted rule and appendices are available for download below.

Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System, Adopted Rule (PDF)
Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System: Appendices to Minnesota Administrative Rules, Chapter 4654, December 2015 (PDF)

Measure information

Physician Clinic Measure Specifications

Hospital Measure Specifications

Other Measure Specifications

Minnesota Rule 4654.0700 provides discretionary authority for the Commissioner of Health to grant variances to a data submitter for a reported quality measure collection or submission specification if the data submitter demonstrates good cause.

Variance Procedure (PDF)

Updated Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 11:51AM