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Health Care Quality Measures
Adopted Rule

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. This rule compels physician clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, 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 annually evaluate the measures included in the standardized set of quality measures. These rules were adopted in December 2009 and amended in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. MDH published the proposed amendments in the State Register on September 15, 2014, and posted the proposed changes, including changes to the rule’s appendices and measure specifications, on its website. The publication of the proposed amendments initiated a formal 30-day comment period which ended on October 15, 2014. The 2014 amendments to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654, Permanent Rules Relating to Health Care Quality Measures, were approved by the Office of Administrative Hearings on December 10, 2014, and published in the January 12, 2015, 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: 175KB/ 1 page)

Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System: Appendices to Minnesota Administrative Rules, Chapter 4654, December 2014 (PDF: 670 KB/ 58 pages)

Measure information

Physician Clinic Measure Specifications

Hospital Measure Specifications

Other Measure Specifications

Variances

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: 83KB/1 page)

 

Updated Friday, April 10, 2015 at 02:23PM