Taking Action Express: MNBTE award night photos; employee education resources
August 5, 2014
The Weekly Buzz: Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Event Rewards Clinics for Superior Care
The Action Group and the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) Champions of Change (participating purchasers) hosted a reception on July 29 to recognize clinics that qualified for incentive payments from MNBTE and the State of Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System. Champions of Change awarded more than $700,000 in performance incentives—the highest annual amount since the program was implemented.
General Highlights on 2014 Report Year Clinic Performance
- There continues to be an increase in the number of clinics participating in direct data submission, with 657 clinics reporting data for the optimal diabetes care measure, 653 reporting for the optimal vascular care measure and 738 reporting for the depression care measure.
- Statewide averages for the three measures continue to “inch up” each year. The Statewide Average for optimal diabetes care is 39 percent, optimal vascular care is 50 percent, and depression remission at six months is eight percent.
- “Inching up” equates to more than 10,000 patients with diabetes who received optimal care for the performance period in comparison to the previous period, an additional 6,700 patients with vascular disease, and an additional 1,046 for the depression care measure.
“We’re thrilled to see an increase in the overall number of clinics being rewarded,” says Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of the Minnesota Health Action Group. “But what’s even more important is the number of Minnesotans who are receiving better care and realizing better health outcomes because of the commitment these health care providers have made to improving the quality of care they deliver.”
National Business Coalition on Health Releases New Action Brief
NBCH just released an Action Brief titled, “Value-Based Purchasing: Pharmaceutical Management.” The group offers a series of Action Briefs on topics ranging from child and maternal health, to shared decision making, to obesity management to support the critical role purchasers and purchaser-led coalitions play as change agents in improving health and health care in employee populations and the community at large. The next Action Group Learning Network will focus on the high cost of specialty pharmaceuticals, kicking off with a roundtable discussion for employer members on September 24.
Stay Healthy Consumer Brochures
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released its Stay Healthy consumer brochures for employers to share with employees and their family members.
Based on recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, AHRQ developed the brochures to help consumers understand when they should receive essential preventive care services.
There are four Stay Healthy brochures available on the AHRQ Web site:
- Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age
- Men: Stay Healthy at 50+
- Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age
- Women: Stay Healthy at 50+
Thought for the Week
“Minnesota Bridges to Excellence helps us challenge and push one another, enabling us to deliver better care through improved information sharing.”
Dr. Rod Christensen, President, Allina Health Clinics