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Bridges to Excellence

 

Bridges to Excellence
8/13/2014

HealthPartners, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group clinics recognized for improving patient care and outcomes

Minnesota Bridges to Excellence rewards clinics for excellence in diabetes, vascular and depression care

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. —HealthPartners, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group clinics have been recognized for delivering optimal care and improving specific patient outcomes by the Minnesota Health Action Group.  The clinics were rewarded a total of $138,767 as a part of the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System.

The clinics focused on making improvements in diabetes, vascular and depression care, which are known to be primary drivers of health care costs. The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program recognized and rewarded 44 HealthPartners, HealthPartners Central Minnesota, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group clinics for their accomplishments.

The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program, which was established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2006, and the State’s Quality Incentive Payment System implemented in 2011, relies on clinical data that is publicly reported to identify clinics that qualify for a reward for meeting or exceeding optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression.

To be eligible for a reward, clinics must have a certain percentage of patients at optimal levels of care or significantly increase the number over the previous year.  Vascular disease measurements include levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, along with non-smoking status, and daily aspirin for all patients. Optimal diabetes measures include levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, along with non-smoking status and daily aspirin use. For patients with depression, optimal measures showed an improvement in patients’ depression over a six month period of time.

A complete list of reward recipients can be found at www.mnhealthactiongroup.org

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About Park Nicollet

Park Nicollet Clinic is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. Park Nicollet Clinic serves the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area with 20 primary care clinics, seven urgent care centers and 11 pharmacies. For more information, visit parknicollet.com.