Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger is seeking members to serve on a new provider peer grouping advisory committee. As required by legislation passed this year, the commissioner will include among his appointees representatives of health care providers, health plan companies, consumers, state agencies, employers, academic researchers, and organizations that work to improve health care quality in Minnesota.
In 2008, the Minnesota Legislature passed a groundbreaking law charging the Commissioner of Health with developing a system – provider peer grouping - that would provide consumers, payers and providers with greater transparency about value in health care. Over the past three years, MDH staff, contractors and community advisors have made important gains in developing key aspects of the state’s provider peer grouping (PPG) system. The 2011-2012 Legislature recognized and affirmed the importance of moving forward with the development and implementation of PPG by enacting changes in the PPG statute that would ensure robust community engagement in this work and set timelines that allow for adequate provider review of confidential results. Commissioner Dr. Ehlinger is strongly committed to realizing the state’s vision to move towards reporting of measures of value, with an emphasis on scientific rigor, actionable results and transparency of approach.
In the next step forward, the Commissioner of Health is appointing an advisory committee to consult on further refinements to the PPG system. As required by legislation, the Commissioner will include among his appointees representatives of health care providers, health plan companies, consumers, state agencies, employers, academic researchers, and organizations that work to improve health care quality in Minnesota.
The tasks on which the Commissioner will consult with the advisory committee include: defining peer groups; reviewing quality and cost scoring methodologies; adopting patient attribution methods; selecting risk adjustment models; choosing service dates for cost and quality reporting; recommending inclusion or exclusion of other costs; and considering whether adjustments are necessary for facilities that provide medical education, Level 1 trauma services, neonatal intensive care, or inpatient psychiatric care. Given the analytic complexities of this work, the Commissioner is seeking individuals with strong methodological expertise in quality and cost measurement, as well as a thorough understanding of the policy rationale for cost/quality measurement generally and PPG specifically.
Nominations for appointments to the advisory committee should be forwarded by July 11, 2012 via e-mail to Stefan Gildemeister, Director of the MDH Health Economics Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initial appointments are made for two calendar years. The PPG advisory committee will meet at minimum three times per year, with three meetings planned between August and November of 2012.