Minnesota Hospital Association


June 18, 2018

MHA Newsline: June 18, 2018

In this issue 

RiverView Health honored with MHA Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace Award

MHA on June 1 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 34th annual awards ceremony.   

RiverView Health in Crookston received the Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace Award in the small hospital category, which recognizes hospitals that have gone the extra mile to strengthen employee engagement and satisfaction.   

RiverView Health’s mission is to provide a health care experience that consistently exceeds patients’ expectations through exceptional people providing exceptional care for exceptional outcomes. It all begins with exceptional people. As such, it is a top strategic priority for RiverView to attract, hire and retain the region’s most talented health professionals. In working toward this goal, RiverView has achieved a significant increase in employee satisfaction, while achieving a 233 percent decrease in employee turnover.   

Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA websitereturn to top   

Window to join IHP demonstration program is open

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) released a request for proposals (RFP) for health care providers who are interested in participating in an Integrated Healthcare Partnership (IHP) demonstration program. Organizations that want to launch a new IHP on Jan. 1, 2019, must submit a letter of intent to DHS by July 20, with proposals due Aug. 3.   

The IHP program allows health care providers to collaborate with DHS to design and propose total-cost-of-care and quality payment models for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare beneficiaries. Unlike other payment reform efforts, such as Medicare’s Shared Savings Accountable Care Organizations, the IHP demonstrations include enrollees in both fee-for-service and managed care.   

Today, 24 IHPs are providing and coordinating care for approximately 465,000 state public program enrollees throughout Minnesota. return to top   

CMS delays release of Hospital Compare star ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will not update the hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare in July as scheduled. CMS announced the delay saying it needed additional time to analyze “the impact of changes to some of the measures on the star ratings and to address stakeholder concerns.” The agency posted proposed changes to the methodology in late May for hospitals to preview before the July release. Star ratings from December 2017 will remain on the site. The date for the release of the next round of star ratings has not been set; however, CMS said there will be a public comment period before the next release of star ratings.   

A recent report found that the star rating system has miscalculated hospitals’ star ratings since they were first released in 2016. Since the launch of the star ratings system, MHA shared concerns that having a single ranking for the wide range of services provided at hospitals is misleading for patients, since the types of care that are measured in the ranking may not be the same types of care the patient needs.   

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems want to ensure that patients can easily access quality information to help them make the best decision about their care. MHA recommends that consumers use the suite of tools available on the Hospital Compare website and as well as MN Community Measurement’s HealthScores website. return to top