Health Care Quality Measures
Minnesota’s 2008 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 uniform approach to quality measurement in order to enhance market transparency. The Minnesota Department of Health seeks to build on community standards and input in developing the measures.
After January 1, 2010, health plans may not require providers to submit data on any measure outside this standardized set. Physician clinics and hospitals must begin to submit data on those measures to be publicly reported starting January 1, 2010.
The quality measures must be based on medical evidence, must be developed through a process in which health care providers participate, and must be reviewed on at least an annual basis. In addition, the measures must:
- Include uniform definitions, measures, and forms for submission of data, to the extent possible;
- Seek to avoid increasing the administrative burden on health care providers;
- Be initially based on existing quality indicators for physician and hospital services, which are measured and reported publicly by quality measurement organizations including, but not limited to, Minnesota Community Measurement and specialty societies;
- Place a priority on measures of health care outcomes rather than processes where possible; and
- Incorporate measures for primary care, including preventive services, coronary artery and heart disease, diabetes, asthma, depression, and other measures as determined by the Commissioner.