Taking Action Express: May is National Mental Health Month!

May 6, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: May is Mental Health Month

The 2014 May is Mental Health Month theme is “Mind Your Health.” We have a special guest blog from Sue Abderholden, executive director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota. These resources can help you bring attention to this important issue affecting tens of millions of Americans:

Welcome, New Members!

We are pleased to announce that several new organizations have recently joined the Minnesota Health Action Group. A special welcome to the City of MinneapolisNorthwestern Health Sciences University, and Thrifty White!

Top 10 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Action Group Membership!

  1. You become part of the movement to build a better health care system.
  2. You benefit from professional development and networking opportunities.
  3. You help shift the focus from quantity to quality.
  4. You contribute to eliminating financial waste in the system, and improve your bottom line, too!
  5. You help shape local and national health care policy.
  6. You benefit from the collective voice of health care purchasers nationwide.
  7. You will be on the cutting edge of trends in health care benefits.
  8. You can demonstrate your commitment to safe, affordable, high-quality health care.
  9. You can challenge the status quo and influence many stakeholders.
  10. You can increase your scope of influence without adding staff.

If you would like more information, or have questions about dues, please contact Sue Jesseman: sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org.

leapfrogHospitals Improve Safety Scores, But Many Still Lag

The Leapfrog Group’s latest round of safety scores as reported in Modern Healthcare on April 29, 2014, shows nearly a third of hospitals improving their performance at least 10% since 2012, but the organization says too many hospitals continue to fall short. As a “Founding Frog,” The Action Group actively encourages Minnesota hospitals to report on safety scores. In our state, 41 hospitals now report on patient safety, with 12 of them achieving an “A” ranking. Congratulations to the A-list members!

  • Austin Medical Center – Mayo Health System
  • Cambridge Medical Center
  • Essentia Health – Saint Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital
  • HealthEast St. John’s Hospital
  • Maple Grove Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic – Methodist Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic – Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Regions Hospital
  • Ridgeview Medical Center
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center
Click here for the full list of Minnesota hospitals.

Minnesota_State_Capitol_5News from the State Capitol

It was a week of “Hurry up and wait” at the State Capitol, as lawmakers and lobbyists awaited the announcement of global budget targets that would allow the final work of the legislative session to begin. In the meantime, the House and Senate took action on several smaller bills, including new regulations on the scope of practice for Advanced Practical Registered Nurses. A hotly contested issue all session, last week a compromise bill was unanimously passed by the Senate and awaits action in the House. The full bill can be found here.

Finally, a quick update on a bill that had been highlighted previously: SF1770/HF2167. A data practices bill that could potentially have far-reaching affects on what kinds of insurance and provider information is available to the public, this legislation has received a great deal of recent attention as a number of groups are working to delay its implementation. The full language of the bill can be found here.

The Action Group continuously monitors developments at the Capitol, representing the collective voice of the people who write the checks for health care, ensuring that patients get the care they need at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.

Thought for the Week

“Though the majority of individuals living with mental illness can successfully be treated, stigma and misinformation continue to be significant barriers to treatment.”

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)