Annual Seminar Agenda

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MNCM Annual Seminar Agenda


7:30–8:15 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15–8:25 a.m.: Welcome

Beth Averbeck, MD, Senior Medical Director for Primary Care at HealthPartners, MN Community Measurement Board Chair

8:25–8:45 a.m.: Innovating Together: Building on Our Strong Foundation

Julie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement

This session will provide an overview of MNCM’s activities that enhance and build on MNCM’s strong foundation as a multi-stakeholder convener and as a trusted source of data that drives health care improvement.

8:45–10:00 a.m.: The Future of Measurement: Setting Priorities
  • Beth Averbeck, MD (Moderator)
  • Marie Dotseth, MHA, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Collette Pitzen, RN BSN, CPHQ, Clinical Measure Developer, MN Community Measurement
  • Rahshana Price-Isuk, MD, Medical Director, Neighborhood Healthsource (MARC co-chair)
  • Dan Trajano, MD, MBA, Senior Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield MN (HEAC co-chair)

This session will be a panel discussion about efforts to identify and prioritize gaps in health care quality measurement in Minnesota. These efforts include joint work being done by MNCM’s Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) and Health Equity Advisory Council (HEAC), and an effort led by the Minnesota Department of Health to establish a new framework for the Statewide Quality Reporting and Measurement System (SQRMS).

10:00–10:30 a.m.: Networking Break and Exhibits
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Harnessing Automation and Artificial Intelligence to Drive Innovation in Measurement and Quality Improvement
  • Julie Sonier, MPA (Moderator)
  • R. Adams Dudley, MD, MBA, Professor of Medicine, Health Policy, and Informatics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and Institute for Health Informatics and the Minneapolis VA
  • Will Muenchow, Director Information Systems and Technology, MN Community Measurement

Measuring health care outcomes is a priority objective in Minnesota and nationally; however, outcome measures are often more challenging for providers in terms of the data and resources needed to implement them. Presenters in this session will describe:  (1) innovative efforts to modernize MNCM’s data collection in ways that reduce burden for providers and provide more frequent and timely feedback; and (2) how artificial intelligence (AI) can be applied to electronic health records and enterprise data warehouses in ways that support meaningful measurement, value-based payment, and improved clinical outcomes.

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:20–1:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
Breakout #1: Advancing Affordability Through Meaningful Cost Transparency
  • Bentley Graves, Director, Health Care & Transportation Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)
  • Scott Keefer, Vice President, Public Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Gunnar Nelson, Health Economist, MN Community Measurement
  • Kathy Schoenbauer, MBA, Co-founder Schoenbauer Consulting, LLC
  • Mark Sonneborn, Vice President Health Information and Analytics, Minnesota Hospital Association

Significant discussion is occurring in the community about the need for cost transparency. This session will highlight new MNCM data on cost trends and recent policy initiatives at the state and national level to increase transparency. Panel members will share their perspectives on the best ways to build on the information available today and implement new transparency efforts that are meaningful, actionable, and effective in advancing affordability.

Breakout #2: From Measurement to Action: How Are Providers Using Data to Drive Improvement?
  • Beth Thomas, DO, Associate CMO/System Vice President of Safety, Fairview Health Services (Moderator)
  • Rachael Lesch, RN, MBA, Senior Director, Quality Improvement and Population Health, CentraCare
  • Val Overton, DNP, FNP-BC, Vice President Ambulatory Quality, Fairview Health Services
  • Tessi Ross, BSN, MPA, RN, CPHQ, Senior Quality Strategist, Sanford Health

Providers use a variety of applications and tools to improve patient care. This session will include presentations on how providers are leveraging MNCM measures and integrating performance data into workflows in innovative ways to improve patient care and drive health improvement. 

Breakout #3: Data Driven Approaches to Improvements in Specialty Care
  • David Homans, MD, Chief, Specialties Services, Park Nicollet Health Services (Moderator)
  • Jonathan Gipson, MD, FACS, Medical Director, North Memorial Health/Specialists in General Surgery
  • Megan Reams, MA, OTR/L, Senior Manager, Tria
  • Leif Solberg, MD, Senior Investigator, HealthPartners

Although much of the focus of quality measurement has historically been on primary care, it is equally important to understand quality in specialty care given its impact on outcomes and costs. This session will include presentations on Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for orthopedic surgery and an innovative model to address obesity and chronic health conditions related to obesity.

1:40–2:50 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
Breakout #4: Spotlight on Health Equity: Innovative Strategies
  • Dan Trajano, MD, MBA, Senior Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (HEAC co-chair)
  • Brian Lloyd, MHA, Senior Manager, Clinical Education & Strategic Initiatives, HealthPartners
  • Rosemond Sarpong Owens, MPH, Director Health Equity Integration, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Karen Pifher, MS, LSW, West Community Health Manager, Essentia Health

Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation; however, this overall high level of performance masks wide variation in outcomes for some communities. Presenters in this session will describe their organizations’ efforts and progress in improving health equity.

Breakout #5: Innovations in Reducing Opioid Use
  • Andy Cochrane, Chief Executive Officer, Maple Grove Hospital (Moderator)
  • Adam English, NP, Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
  • Claire Neeley, MD, President and CEO, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)
  • Rachel Uzlik, CPHQ, VP of Clinic Services & Quality, Twin Cities Orthopedics

Many community partners have come together in meaningful ways to address the opioid crisis. Awareness and prevention are two key strategies to decrease the number of people developing opioid use disorder and to reduce the harm that results from opioid addiction. This session will include an overview of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement’s (ICSI’s) MN Health Collaborative work to address the opioid crisis. Attendees will also hear from two orthopedic specialty groups on their efforts to implement pain management protocols.

Breakout #6: Addressing Pain Points – Providers and Payers Collaborate to Reduce Fragmentation and Enhance Value of Data Sharing
  • Liz Cinqueonce, Chief Operating Officer, MN Community Measurement (Moderator)
  • Cara Broich, RN, CPHQ, Senior Director, Quality & Clinical Advancement, Medica
  • Jennifer Fritz, Director, Office of Health Information Technology, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Sue Gentilli, Program Manager, Quality and Regulatory Reporting, Allina Clinics
  • Len Kaiser, Chief Administrative Officer, Entira Family Clinics

As payment systems are changing from traditional fee-for-service to value-based payment models, providers, health systems and payers are becoming more reliant on data to inform their strategies, achieve goals for value-based care, and earn financial incentives tied to performance.  Existing mechanisms for sharing of health care data to improve cost and quality performance are fragmented and lack alignment. This panel discussion will include an overview of MNCM’s Common Health Information Reporting Partnership (CHIRP) and progress on the collaborative effort to advance consistency of content, process and flow of data between health care providers and payers. Community leaders will share their perspectives on how CHIRP can help to reduce duplication of effort and achieve efficiencies while improving quality and care for patients.

2:50–3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00–4:00 p.m. Innovations Needed to Advance Mental Health Care and Outcomes: A Community Conversation
  • Carolyn Pare, President and Chief Executive Officer, MN Health Action Group (Moderator)
  • Jean McGrory, Director of Total Rewards, Mortenson
  • Michael Trangle, MD, Senior Fellow, HealthPartners Institute for Research and Education, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Psychiatry
  • Brendan Shane, MBA, MSW, LICSW, Director, Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN

Mental health is a critical component of overall health and well-being. According to the CDC, an estimated 50% of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. This multi-stakeholder panel will share the impact of mental health in their settings and perspectives on how innovations in measurement can support the community in making more rapid progress to improve mental health care and outcomes.

4:00–4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Julie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement