Health Economics Program
- Health Access Survey
- Minnesota All Payer Claims Database (MN APCD)
- Health Care Quality Measures
- Rx Price Transparency
- Study of Telehealth Expansion
- Hospital Public Interest Review
- MDH Mental Health Bed Monitoring
- Implementation Updates
Mental Health Bed Monitoring
Under legislation passed in 2022 (MN Statutes, Section 144.551, Subd 1a), hospitals may add mental health beds, or construct a new mental health hospital, without a public interest review or statutory exception to the hospital moratorium, under certain conditions.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is tasked with monitoring the new beds or hospitals to ensure that statutory conditions are met. MDH must also collect data to inform a study on inpatient mental health care access and quality.
MDH is working with Wilder Research in the fall of 2023 to better understand the underlying reasons for discharge delays in both hospital emergency departments and inpatient care. the findings from this study will serve to inform policy and practice within Minnesota's mental health infrastructure—including the evaluation of mental health bed expansion.Discharge Delay Study webpage
MDH preliminary plan to monitor beds and study inpatient mental health care access and quality
- Request for Information (May 2023)
- Review existing data available to MDH (Spring/Summer 2023)
- Create written guidance, including reporting requirements for hospitals adding beds or for entities seeking a new license under MN Statutes 144.551, Subd. 1a (Summer 2023)
- Annual request to hospitals for additional data related to mental health care, if needed (Fall 2023 and thereafter)
- Release an annual update on any new licensed beds added under this exception (Annually)
- Report assessing access and quality of inpatient mental health care (2027)
Requirements for projects adding inpatient mental health beds
All inpatient mental health beds added during the exception period must:
- Be used exclusively for the provision of mental health services
- Accept patients with Medical Assistance (Medicaid) and MinnesotaCare health insurance coverage
- Abide by the terms of the Minnesota Attorney General Hospital Agreement on discounted care and billing practices
- Provide for the physical health needs of patients by having an arrangement with the tertiary care facility or enough medical specialists to determine and arrange for appropriate treatment for medical conditions
- Submit information necessary for a study of inpatient mental health care access and quality
MDH is required to assess if these conditions are being met and conduct a study of inpatient mental health care access and quality. If you have specific questions about mental health bed monitoring, please contact. email@example.com.
MDH has a long-standing role in the oversight of hospitals in order to protect, maintain, and improve health. MDH licenses hospitals and performs routine site visits to make sure hospitals meet licensing requirements for their physical space; hospitals are also required to be accredited by one of two accrediting groups.
Since 2004, Minnesota law has required a public interest review to be conducted for hospitals seeking exceptions to the state's hospital bed moratorium law [Minnesota Statutes Chapter 144.552 (revisor.mn.gov)]. Under this requirement, a hospital seeking to increase its number of licensed beds or an organization seeking to obtain a hospital license must submit a plan to MDH to issue a finding of whether the plan is in the public interest.
In 2022, the Minnesota Legislature created an exception to the moratorium law [Minnesota Statues, Section 144.551 Subd. 1a (revisor.mn.gov)] for projects that seek to establish inpatient mental health beds for the duration of August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2027.
- MDH Public Interest Reviews: Current and former public interest reviews that MDH is conducting, or has completed, including for projects involving inpatient mental health care.
- Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health & Subcommittee on Children's Mental Health: Governor appointed advisory body that is charged with making recommendations to the governor, Legislature, and state department on mental health policies programs and services.
- Health Care Markets Chartbooks Section 8A: Health Care Providers and Service Availability: Hospitals: Up-to-date statistics on trends related to capacity, utilization, financial metrics, and uncompensated care.
- Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting: A federal governmental program that gives data on assessing and fostering improvement in the quality of care provided to patients with mental illness.
- Joint Commission on quality measures for inpatient psychiatric services: Inpatient hospital quality measures for patients with mental illness that are selected and monitored by an independent, not-for-profit, organization.
- National Committee for Quality Assurance HEDIS measures: Quality measures used by health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care including mental health.