Minnesota Hospital Association


June 01, 2019

About Minnesota's hospitals

  • MHA's member hospitals and health systems have earned a national reputation for delivering safe, high-quality care and for meeting the needs of our communities.
  • It takes more than 200,000 Minnesotans to meet the public’s critical care needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Multiple independent quality organizations rank Minnesota among the top for health care quality

  • The federal Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) has ranked Minnesota among the best states overall for health care quality in the nation. This report is considered the gold standard for measuring the health care quality performance of states.
  • Minnesota is ranked third in the nation for health care access, quality and outcomes by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation. Minnesota was one of only two states rated in the top quartile for all five dimensions measured – access and affordability, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives, and disparity.
    • The state ranks second in the nation in the category of prevention and treatment and fourth in the nation in the category of healthy lives. If all states performed as well as Minnesota, there would be approximately 90,000 fewer premature deaths before age 75 for conditions that can be detected early and effectively treated with good follow-up care.
  • A report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that Minnesota is among the lowest cost states for hospital care. Adding these quality and cost factors together, Minnesota offers among the best health care value of any state in the nation.
  • According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on average, Minnesota health care spending is 9% less costly per beneficiary than the national average, while maintaining high quality.

Leading in patient safety

  • As part of the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), Minnesota hospitals and health systems have prevented more than 28,000 patients from harm and saved more than $217 million as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions since a new baseline was set in 2014. The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) was selected by CMS as one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions through the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, which builds on the collective momentum of HEN to reduce patient harm and readmissions.
  • Minnesota was the first state to publicly report adverse health events by hospital. Minnesota hospitals’ commitment to transparency, public reporting and collaboratively learning and sharing is making care safer and improving quality.
  • MHA, in collaboration with other health care partners, is working to help hospitals create a culture of safety through the implementation of a road map of best practices across health care settings and serves as a foundation for successful patient safety and quality improvement efforts.

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems provide needed access to health care

  • Hospitals provide high-quality care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. In 2017, Minnesota’s hospitals provided $691 million to patients who did not have health insurance or the means to pay for their care. 
  • Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems want Minnesotans to have meaningful insurance coverage for all essential health care services, including preventive care, mental health care, routine screenings and other health care throughout a person’s lifetime.
  • There are 125 24-hour emergency rooms in the state. All of Minnesota hospitals’ emergency rooms treat anyone who enters.
  • Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems annually provided care for 536,375 acute inpatient admissions and nearly 12.7 million outpatient registrations including 1.9 million emergency room visits. 
  • In rural Minnesota, maintaining access to quality care is of critical importance to maintaining a healthy state. There are 78 rural hospitals with the federal Critical Access Hospital designation to preserve access to care in rural areas of Minnesota.
  • Rising to meet a mental health crisis, Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems provide mental and behavioral health services across the continuum of care. Hospitals partner with community-based outpatient services to provide care to patients in their own communities. Minnesota’s hospitals have 1,360 inpatient mental health beds statewide: 1,180 for adults, 180 for children/adolescents.
  • In 2017, Minnesota hospitals and health systems contributed nearly $5.2 billion in programs and services to benefit the health of their communities, from smoking cessation to weight loss, and from medical research to educating a future health care workforce.
  • MHA members are pioneering accountable care organizations to improve patient health while lowering costs.
  • Minnesota’s hospitals are supporting evidence-based care, reducing duplicative, ineffective or unnecessary care while achieving better outcomes for patients.