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

“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.”


actionbriefNational 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.


women-coverStay 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:


187Thought 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