MN Community Measurement

Minnesota’s leading health care quality improvement organization got its start over a cup of coffee 10 years ago. Medical directors from Minnesota’s health plans were discussing how the industry could work together to improve the quality of care Minnesotans receive at clinics throughout the state. The group’s first initiative, the Community Measurement Project, focused on diabetes care. What  were the 5 most important indicators that, when present, most people with diabetes could be at optimal health? The answer: blood sugars, bad cholesterol and blood pressure at specific targets, a daily low dose aspirin if appropriate and no tobacco use. At that time, in 2002, 7.6 percent of people with diabetes in the pilot study reached optimal goals.

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Today, MN Community Measurement is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It’s success is the result of the early pioneering project to collect comparable data across health systems and report it publicly. What began as an idea in 2000 has grown into the trusted source for credible performance data on quality, cost and patient experience in Minnesota, neighboring communities and nationally

MNCM’s consensus-based, multi-stakeholder process has helped to bring the right people to the table at each step, allowing MNCM to build a robust, extensive set of measures, many of which are nationally endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). In addition, multiple state, national and pay-for-performance programs have adopted MNCM-developed measures as part of their reporting initiatives. Local medical groups are able to easily participate in multiple programs by submitting their data through our secure, direct data submission portal.

MNCMMNhealthscores fulfill its vision of public reporting both through the annual Health Care Quality and Disparities reports, as well as through our consumer-focused, public reporting website, MNHealthscores. The site allows patients to find the measures that matter to them, compare performance across clinics and find providers close to home.

Today, more than 39 percent of Minnesotans are reaching optimal diabetes care.