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MN Community Measurement Brings Cost and Quality Information Together For Consumers
Date:8/26/2009

First significant step toward making price transparent to consumers

Medical group-specific cost information available at www.mnhealthscores.org

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a significant step toward bringing cost and quality information together to help consumers make informed decisions about their health care, MN Community Measurement has published new information about how much medical groups are paid to provide more than 100 common health care services. MN Community Measurement, a nonprofit organization, already provides objective information on the quality of health care through its Web site, www.mnhealthscores.org.

MN Community Measurement worked with health plans and provider organizations to develop this measure based on a request from Governor Tim Pawlenty's Health Cabinet. "This has been a great example of how we can work together as a community to give people information they can use about the cost of care," said Jim Chase, president of MN Community Measurement.

A piece of the puzzle

The new cost-of-care measure reports the average amount health plans in Minnesota pay physicians and other health care providers to perform 103 health care services, including flu shots, colonoscopies and Cesarean sections. The measure does not include payments to hospitals and other health care facilities for services provided in those settings.

Four health plans in Minnesota provided the data for this measure: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica and PreferredOne. The measure includes amounts the health plans paid in 2008 for people who received their insurance coverage through their
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