Other Factors and Organizations
- • NQF
Minnesota is the first state to embrace the NQF's 27 ‘Serious Reportable Events in Health Care. Furthermore, Minnesota benefits from the participation of Mary B. Kennedy, the State Medicaid Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services as a member of the NQF Board of Directors. Minnesota has the eye of the NQF, which could benefit the state over the long haul.
- • BHCAG
A second factor is the Buyers Health Care Action Group, BHCAG - pronounced "bee-kag". BHCAG has been leading the health care reform agenda in Minnesota for more than 15 years, and it represents the Minnesota region's most prestigious employers who are dedicated to reforming our health care system for consumer-driven initiatives. Of great significance is that BHCAG was one of the founders of The Leapfrog Group in 2000. As a tribute to the influence of BHCAG and its relationship to The Leapfrog Group, the State of Minnesota is the first state to have all its hospitals reporting patient safety information to The Leapfrog Group. Noteworthy, too, is that BHCAG was one of the private contributors to 2004 funding to the MDH for the Minnesota Adverse Health Care Event Reporting program.
- • Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)
The Minnesota reporting program would not be alive without the Minnesota Hospital Association. In the two-year transition period of public funding shortfall that ended on December 6, 2004, the MHA effectively administered the program and raised the $250,000 funds necessary to cover the implementation costs. The MHA also implemented web-based collection of all of the data and then forwarded it on to the MDH. It also helped to develop analytic tools and feedback features into the program. A December 2004 Update [PDF] was published by the MHA, detailing the background and the progress in the private/public program up to the time that the program was handed over to the MDH.