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Quality Update - Health care quality issues for Minnesota's health care leaders

Quality Update Fall 2012

Stratis Health publishes the Quality Update Newsletter twice a year. The electronic publication is an update on health care quality topics and issues for Minnesota's health care leaders. In this publication we aim to provide Minnesota thought leaders with news, issues, and perspectives on health care quality and patient safety.

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Health Policy Affects Lives
The importance of good policy making, based on research, data, and real life experiences. From Jennifer P. Lundblad, Stratis Health President and CEO.

Geriatricians and the Care of Our Aging Population
Many in the health care profession are concerned about how we will provide quality care to the 72 million Baby Boomers aging into the senior population over the next 20 years. Perspective from practicing geriatricians, Michael Spilane, Stratis Health Board member and co-head of the Division of Geriatrics in the HealthPartners Medical Group, and Jane Pederson, Stratis Health medical affairs director.

Health IT's Role in a Changing Reimbursement Landscape
Health information technology (HIT) has become an essential tool in the new care reimbursement models which reward value over volume. Value Based Purchasing, Total Cost of Care, Health Care Homes, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) all require new uses of data for health care organizations to succeed in the value driven world.

Large Scale Impact Needed for Communities to Prepare for Coming Alzheimer's Epidemic
People are joining forces through the state-wide collaboration ACT on Alzheimer's to prepare Minnesota for the budgetary, social, and personal impacts of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. One in eight people over 65 have Alzheimer's and nearly 50 percent of people over 85 have the disease. With the coming age wave, Alzheimer's will reach epidemic proportions–125,000 Minnesotans are expected to have the disease by 2025.

Diabetes: Creating a Common Agenda for Collective Impact
Continuing Minnesota's tradition of working collaboratively to reduce the burden of diabetes in the state, the Minnesota Diabetes Steering Committee made a bold decision in the fall of 2011 to try a new organizing approach—collective impact—to address the many complex, long-standing issues around diabetes. Collective impact emphasizes a rigorous, disciplined, and multi-organizational/multi-sector effort to tackle social and health care problems in concert.

Looking at the numbers: Progress Over the Last Decade in Minnesota Nursing Home Quality Measures
Over the past 10 years, Minnesota nursing homes have made significant progress in reducing the use of physical restraints and reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers. View the decade of aggregate data for Minnesota.

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