Important Dates for Action Group Members
Minnesota Clinics Rewarded for Improving Patient Care
Advancements in Transparency
National Diabetes Prevention Program Kicks Off in Minnesota
Toolkits and Purchaser’s Guides for Members
NBCH 20th Annual Conference: Free Registration for our Members
Express Roundup: Top Stories from Our Weekly Newsletter
Well over 400 Achievement and Improvement Awards, representing a payout to rewarded clinics of over $1.5 million, were announced during the annual Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) celebration of improvements in patient care, held July 15, 2015.
MNBTE advances care delivery and outcomes by rewarding clinics for meeting or exceeding a strict set of care standards for patients with diabetes, depression, and vascular disease, which are primary health care cost drivers.
“The MNBTE recognition event truly is my favorite of the year,” says Carolyn Pare, president and CEO. “It’s a tangible way to see how we are advancing care delivery and improving outcomes for patients with chronic conditions.”
In honor of the MNBTE 10-year anniversary, The Action Group also released a comprehensive timeline, illustrating how the program has grown from providing just nine Achievement Awards, representing a payout of about $97,000, for Optimal Diabetes Care only in 2006.
To learn more about MNBTE, click here. Photos from the recognition event will be posted soon! Look for the link in next week’s Express newsletter.
Two new tools were released this week to help patients find the safest surgeons. “Today is a critical moment in the fight for greater transparency in health care,” according to a July 14 Leapfrog Group Facebook post.
The sites – SurgeonRatings.org and Surgeon Scorecard – organize Medicare fee-for-service data into easily searchable databases. To learn more about this breakthrough in enabling patients to shop around, click here.
The Action Group will be engaging employers and insurers in four funded communities to help them build and create tools to prevent diabetes, optimizing the success of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health, the official kick-off meeting was held on June 23, in Otsego, MN.
“I enjoyed having a chance to meet the representatives from each community to learn more about their concerns, questions and initiatives,” says Nayila Yaro, The Action Group’s NDPP project coordinator. “It was eye-opening to me to see how diverse Minnesota has become, especially in our rural communities.”
In fact, the group from Southern Minnesota (Des Moines Valley-Nobles) is challenged by the fact that residents from 45 countries speak over 55 languages. The City of Minneapolis, Healthy Northland, and Western Minnesota (PartnerSHIP 4 Health) round out the group. Together, they will be looking for unique workplace strategies to engage employees, and ways to work more closely with employers to add the NDPP as a covered benefit.
With open enrollment planning under way, it’s a good time to review the toolkits and Purchaser’s Guides available to members.
Toolkits (This link will take you to a page where you can click on the tile of interest to you):
Purchaser’s Guides are available through the Member Center at mnhealthactiongroup.org. If you’ve forgotten your login credentials, you will be prompted to request re-set instructions.
This year’s NBCH Annual Conference, Achieving Health Care Value: No Purchaser is an Island, will be held in Dallas, TX, November 16-18, 2015. Action Group employer members are welcome to register without a fee, which is normally $850 for non-members and $500 for members. Click here to learn more and to register.