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Several Minnesota Medical Groups Improve Care for Patients Served by Minnesota Health Care Programs, but Disparities Gap Remains
Date:4/16/2009

MN Community Measurement issues second annual report on health care disparities - the first of its kind in the nation

MINNEAPOLIS, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Although the care provided to patients insured by Minnesota Health Care Programs, including MinnesotaCare, improved since the last report on eight of nine measures of quality care, a gap remains between the quality of care provided to patients on public health insurance and that provided to patients who have commercial insurance. "Health care providers in Minnesota work hard to treat all patients the same, regardless of their insurance or income. Paradoxically, what may be needed is to meet patients where they are and help them overcome any barriers between them and the health care they need," said James Chase, President of MN Community Measurement, which completed the report under contract with the Department of Human Services.

The report is the second annual report on health care disparities -- a first in the nation effort to provide a large-scale comparison by medical group of the care for public program patients in managed care and that for patients with other insurance. The 2005 Legislature mandated the Department of Human Services to establish a performance reporting system for medical groups serving patients covered by Minnesota Health Care Programs. MN Community Measurement, a nonprofit health care quality measurement organization, prepared the report at www.mncommunitymeasurement.org. "The report is timely since it coincides with the Roundtable on Health Equity convened by Sen. Klobuchar with the University of Minnesota's Health Disparities Forum. You can't improve what you don't measure, so if health care reform is going to reduce disparities it must build on the work of regional and multi-stakeholder collaboratives like MN Community Measurement to collect and publicly report informa
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