Annual Seminar Agenda


Date: September, 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Venue: Earle Brown Heritage Center – 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center (Minneapolis), MN  55430

Working Agenda

7:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 am: Welcome

Tim Hernandez, MD, Physician at Entira Family Clinics, MN Community Measurement Board Chair

8:30 am: Keynote Address: Improving Health and Health Care For All Minnesotans 

Jan Malcolm, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health

This presentation will highlight the role of collaboration among stakeholders in improving health care and health outcomes for all Minnesotans, as well as the role of data and measurement in improving health system performance, population health, and reducing disparities.

9:30 am: Plenary Session: Uncovering Opportunity, Informing Change – The Role of MN Community Measurement 

Julie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement

This session will provide an update on MNCM activities and future initiatives, highlighting the role of collaboration across many different stakeholders to improve health care quality and affordability in Minnesota.

9:45 am: Plenary Session: The CMS Meaningful Measures Framework – What Does It Mean for You? 

Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), Office of the Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

In late 2017, CMS published a new framework for quality measurement, known as the Meaningful Measures framework. This session provides an opportunity to learn more about the framework and what it means for providers who participate in federal programs, as well as future directions for quality measurement in federal programs.

10:45 am: Break
11:00 am: Breakout Sessions
Session 1: Improving Affordability Through Targeted Analysis, Recognizing Affordability as a Component of Quality, and Engaging Teams to Drive Results

Moderator: Jon Christianson, PhD, James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota

  • Gunnar Nelson, Health Economist, MN Community Measurement
  • Beth Averbeck, MD, Senior Medical Director, HealthPartners
  • Kelly Logue, MA, Senior Director of Care Affordability, HealthPartners

With a backdrop of the most recent Minnesota cost and utilization data, this session will explore how cost data can be used to identify the highest areas of opportunity to advance affordability. Participants will take away practical examples of improvements that have worked to reduce costs, and how electronic health records have been leveraged to help achieve goals. Panelists will discuss how much this work matters to patients and families, and why it is essential to recognize affordability as a key aspect to quality and include it in efforts for improvement.

Session 2: Provider Perspectives – Measuring Quality, Advancing Equity, Addressing Burnout

Moderator: David Satin, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota

  • Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Kathie Culhane-Pera, MD, MA, Medical Director of Quality, West Side Community Health Services
  • Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, Vice President and Board Member, MN Doctors for Health Equity

Minnesota providers share perspectives on maintaining a healthy workforce in a rapidly changing environment; engaging effectively with the community to define and measure quality primary care; and building effective strategies to improve health equity and reduce disparities based on experiences of staff and patients – and implemented in partnership with clinicians and community members.

Session 3: Quality Improvement – Tools for Enhancing Care

Moderator: Sue Gentilli, MBA, RHIA, Program Manager, Quality and Regulatory Reporting, Allina

  • Kari Juetten, LPN, Quality Specialist, Quality Improvement, Alexandria Clinic A Service of Alomere Health
  • Dan Schletty, MHA, CPHQ, ACO Program Manager, Health Coach, Riverwood Healthcare Center
  • Steve Froehle, BA, Operations Analyst, South Lake Pediatrics
  • Maria McGannon, APRN, CNP, Director of Quality Improvement, South Lake Pediatrics
  • Jennifer Jerde, RN, BSN, Lead RN Health Navigator, Ridgeview Clinics

From care teams and dashboards to clinical quality scorecards, workflow processes, and chart audits, the advancement of innovative tools is important to enhancing quality of care and increasing transparency among primary care providers. Learn from practices across Minnesota on data-informed tools developed and implemented to advance improvement.

12:00 pm: Lunch
12:45 pm: Breakout Sessions
Session 4: Innovative Approaches to Improve Patient Care and Quality

Moderator: Mary Ellen Wells, MHA, FACHE, MHA Program Director, Dyad Partner, Senior Lecturer, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

  • Kate Syverson, MSW, LICSW, CPHQ, Quality Improvement Advisor, Sanford Health
  • Jennifer Weiss, BS, Quality Improvement Advisor, Sanford Health
  • Joy Hayes, MS, RDN, CDE, Population Health Specialist, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Tim Hernandez, MD, Medical Director Clinical Practice, Entira Family Clinics
  • Crystal Hovaldt, CMA, Care Manager, Entira Family Clinics

From health screening reminders and intentional collaboration between diverse health groups to online health management tools and telemedicine, innovative approaches are being taken in patient care. These approaches are a driving force to improving health behaviors and outcomes, such as increased screening rates, depression remission, and accessible care.

Session 5: Engaging Communities and Individuals to Advance Improvement

Moderator: Chris Norton, MA

  • Eileen Smith, Director of Communications, MN Council of Health Plans
  • Bentley Graves, Director, Health Care and Transportation Policy, MN Chamber of Commerce
  • Galen Benshoof, Assistant Director, State Employees Group Insurance Program

Engagement of individuals and communities is key to advancing change necessary for improvement. This session will highlight approaches to helping communities and individuals understand data on cost and quality, and what they can do to impact change. Hear how you can work with local media and use MNCM’s existing work to highlight local questions relating to cost and quality – engaging employers and other local community partners to better inform consumer choices.

Session 6: Cross-Sector Collaboration to Advance Improvement

Moderator: Liz Cinqueonce, Chief Operating Officer, MN Community Measurement

  • Heather Petermann, Division Director, MN Department of Human Services + Jason Rusinak, MBA, Director, Payor Contracting and Network Management, North Memorial
  • Dan Trajano, MD, Senior Medical Director, BlueCross and BlueShield MN + Andrew Lundquist, DPM, Chief Medical Officer, Mankato Clinic
  • Christy Kriha, Director, Clinical Engagement – Health Services, Medica + Jeanne Clay, BSN, MS, Director – ACO/Population Health Ridgeview Community Network

Advancing improvement in cost, quality, and patient experience is difficult for any one sector to achieve on its own. This session will explore innovative approaches to cross-sector collaboration and the effective use of data to advance improvement and address gaps in care. Hear from payers and providers on how they are working together to address gaps and advance high value care.

1:45 pm: Break
2:00 pm: Plenary Session: Reducing Low-Value Care: The Role of Choosing Wisely

Moderator: Julie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement

Daniel Wolfson, Executive Vice President and COO, ABIM Foundation

Reducing low-value care is frequently highlighted as an opportunity to improve health care quality and reduce cost simultaneously. The Choosing Wisely campaign has brought stakeholders together across the country to make progress in reducing low-value care. This session will provide an overview of Choosing Wisely, what has been accomplished to date, what future plans are for the initiative, and how different stakeholders can be engaged toward the common goal of reducing low-value care.

3:00 pm: Plenary Panel: Advancing Cultural Competency to Reduce Health Disparities and Inequities

Moderator: Matt Flory, Health Systems Manager, American Cancer Society

  • Elizabeth Lando-King, PhD, RN, MDH SAGE Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
  • Natalie Hayes, MD, Medical Director, Richfield Clinic
  • Michael Peters, MD, International Medical Graduate (IMG), MDH SAGE Consultant/Physician Liaison
  • Heidi Titze, Nurse Practitioner, Southside Community Health Services
  • Abdi Haji, MPH, International Medical Graduate (IMG), MDH SAGE Consultant

In Minnesota, the average screening rate for colorectal cancer is 73% – a good number that hides the darker side of disparities and health inequities still present. This panel presentation will explore how the Minnesota Department of Health, with funding provided through the Centers for Disease Control and the Colon Cancer Coalition, partnered with Minnesota clinics to pair native-language speaking immigrant International Medical Graduates with patients of populations identified with the highest disparities in colorectal cancer screening. Hear from early adopters of this navigator model on how the host clinics engaged navigators in team-based care, and from navigators on culturally appropriate messages that have helped to increase screening rates.

4:00 pm: Closing Remarks

Julie Sonier, MPA, President, MN Community Measurement