Taking Action Express: Do Report Cards Improve Health Care?; Employer Benefits Survey Deadline Feb. 23; Renew, Refresh, Reinvigorate…

February 17, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 8.43.02 PMThe Weekly Buzz: Health Care Quality, Equity

The Star Tribune last week featured two articles about health care transparency and equity, citing MN Community Measurement’s 2014 Health Equity of Care Report. Public reporting alone can’t drive improvements in care, so common measurement metrics tied to pay-for-performance and consumer information are also important. For example, The Action Group works closely with MNCM to drive quality improvement initiatives through Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE).

MNBTE is exciting because even incremental change has a big impact,” says Kris Soegaard, chief operating officer for The Action Group. “From 2013 to 2014, the statewide average for Optimal Diabetes Care went from 38 percent to 39 percent – which means more than 10,000 additional patients received optimal care in a single year.”

Annual Employer Benefits Survey for Members and Non-members Now Underway!

Click here for details about the survey. To review the 2014 Executive Summary, click here.

It’s time for the 2015 Minnesota Health Action Group Employer Benefits Survey. By now, members should have received a letter with the survey link. If you are a member and have not received notification, please contact Pat Sukhum. The survey deadline is FEBRUARY 23.

Our one-of-a-kind survey is the only resource that provides comprehensive health benefit benchmarks from Minnesota employers. If you are not yet an Action Group member and would like to participate, please contact Kris Soegaard (ksoegaard@mnhealthactiongroup.org, or 952-294-8396).

2015summiticon-01Join Us for the 8th Annual Employer Leadership Summit: Renew, Refresh, Reinvigorate

We hope you will join us for a full day of inspiring and thought-provoking presentations and conversations about successful strategies and breakthrough ideas on April 17, 2015. This event is open to all. We will feature national and international health care and benefits thought leaders, the Innovator’s Showcase, employer roundtable, interactive polling, networking opportunities, sponsored booths, and lively discussions. If you or a partner organization would like to sponsor an exhibit, please contact us!

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Special!

Minnesota Health Action Group Members: $99
($199 after March 20)

Non-members: $199
($299 after March 20)


University of Minnesota Seeks Human Resource Business Analyst

Did You Know?

Action Group members may post health and benefits job openings in fyi and Express at no cost.  Non-members may also submit postings for a small fee. Contact Sue Jesseman.

The University of Minnesota is seeking a Human Resource Business Analyst responsible for business analysis across the Office of Human Resources (OHR). This position will actively participate and, at times, lead project management efforts that align with providing research, analysis, evaluation, and recommendations to support project activity that involves employee benefits. Posting details can be found here. Action Group members may direct questions to Ken Horstman.



Minnesota_State_Capitol_5From the Capitol

Bills are slowly beginning to make their way through the committee process. Senate File 501 would direct MDH to further stratify health quality data based on factors such as race and ethnicity and alter risk-adjustment methods accordingly. It will receive its first hearing in the Senate Health Policy Committee this week.

Another bill of note is Senate File 350, which would create new tax considerations for health and fitness facilities provided by employers. Authored by Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul, the bill was approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee and referred to the Tax Committee for further review.

Quote of the Week

“Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation, but we also have some of the largest inequities in health status and incidence of chronic disease. Patients from specific populations, including people of color, people who identify as Hispanic, immigrants, and people who do not speak proficient English, are less likely to receive preventive care and more likely to suffer from serious illnesses and have negative health outcomes.”

Jim Chase
President, MN Community Measurement