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Health Care Quality Measures - Recommendations

Minnesota Statutes 62U.02 requires the Commissioner of Health to establish a standardized set of quality measures for health care providers across the state. A subset of the standardized set of quality measures will be used for public reporting purposes. To implement the collection of quality measurement data, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has developed the Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS), created through Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654. This rule compels physician clinics 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 evaluate the measures included in the set of quality measures to be publicly reported on an annual basis. MDH contracted with MN Community Measurement (MNCM) and other community partners to make recommendations about new, modified and/or retired quality measures to be publicly reported for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS).

2014 Final Recommendations (June 2014)

MDH invited interested stakeholders to review and comment on MNCM and Stratis Health’s final recommendations for physician clinic and hospital measures for the 2014 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2015 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. Comments were due to MDH by July 7, 2014.

MDH Memorandum (PDF: 70KB/2 pages)

2014 Final Recommendations and Supplemental Information (PDF: 3MB/65 pages

Public Forum (June 2014)

MDH, MNCM, and Stratis Health held a public forum in St. Paul on June 26, to present final quality measure recommendations in connection with the annual update of the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System. The public forum included an opportunity for interested stakeholders to comment on the recommendations and to ask questions.

Meeting materials:

Agenda (PDF: 44KB/1 page)

The Minnesota Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS): An Overview (PDF: 552KB/24 pages)

Physicians Clinic Recommendations (PDF: 761KB/19 pages)

Hospital Recommendations (PDF: 295KB/22 pages)

2014 Preliminary Recommendations (May 2014)

MDH invited interested stakeholders to review and comment on MN Community Measurement’s preliminary recommendations for physician clinic measures for the 2014 administrative rule and subsequently, the 2015 Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Comments were due to MDH by June 1, 2014.

Cover Memo, Preliminary Recommendations, and Supplemental Information (PDF: 3 MB/85 pgs: updated May 21, 2014)

2014 Standardized Measure Recommendations

The standardized set of quality measures includes the measures for which MDH directly collects data, as well as a broader set for which health plans may require providers to submit data. The Commissioner of Health established these measures in Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654, and is required to review them on an annual basis. MDH invited interested stakeholders to submit recommendations on the addition, removal, or modification of standardized quality measures to MDH by June 1, 2014. The Commissioner takes these recommendations into consideration in determining what changes, if any, should be made to the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS). Recommendations were due to MDH by June 1, 2014, to be considered.

Due to nearly all ambulatory surgical centers’ (ASC) achievement of similar high levels of performance on the three ASC quality measures that they have reported since 2011, and to reduce provider reporting burden, MDH suspended SQRMS ASC registration and quality measure reporting during 2014. For additional background information, see the memo MDH issued on February 28, 2014. MDH is considering suspending ASC registration and reporting in 2015 as well; thus, MDH is requesting community feedback on this potential change in particular.

Recommendations must address how addition, removal, or modification of a quality measure relates to one or more of the following criteria:

  • the magnitude of the individual and societal burden imposed by the clinical condition being measured by the quality measure, including disability, mortality and economic costs;
  • the extent of the gap between current practices and evidence-based practices for the clinical condition being measured by the quality measure, and the likelihood that the gap can be closed and conditions improved through changes in clinical processes;
  • the relevance of the quality measure to a broad range of individuals with regard to (1) age, gender, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity (2) the ability to generalize quality improvement strategies across the spectrum of health care conditions, and (3) the capacity for change across a range of health care settings and providers;
  • the extent to which the quality measure has either been developed or accepted, or approved through a national consensus effort;
  • the extent to which the results of the quality measure are likely to demonstrate a wide degree of variation across providers; and
  • the extent to which the quality measure is valid and reliable.

Past recommendations

Updated Thursday, 10-Jul-2014 12:27:15 CDT