Thursday, June 7, 2012

Minnesota "Pay for Performance" Program Updated

In May, the Minnesota Department of Health released its second final update to the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System for health care providers, since the program started in 2010.

The update includes the system's latest quality measures and performance thresholds for clinics and hospitals.
The incentive payment system, sometimes called pay for performance, is part of Minnesota's 2008 health care reform law.

It was implemented in 2010 and is s currently being used for participants in the state employee health plan and enrollees in state public insurance programs.

Use of this system by private health care purchasers—which are not required by law to adopt it—is also encouraged.

During the open comment period, one stakeholder noted that the Department had not included its risk adjustment methodology for the “depression remission at six months” measure; thus the report was revised to include this explanation.

The final framework can be found at Quality Incentive Payment System.