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Administrative Costs at Minnesota Health Plans in 2017
June, 2019

This report presents data on 2017 administrative spending for all health plans (group purchasers) that reported more than $3 million in total health premiums collected from Minnesota residents. Administrative health plan spending is captured in fourteen categories. (June 2019)

Unhealthy Days: A Data Short Take
May, 2019

This data short take provides information on the average number of unhealthy days Minnesotans reported from 2013 to 2017. Using data from the Minnesota Health Access Survey, results are reported statewide and for select populations.

This issue brief describes geographic variation in rates of premature death that may have been prevented by timely access to health care services between 2011 and 2015. Causes of health that are œ"health care amenable" include those related to diseases such as stroke, heart disease, treatable cancers and other causes that might have been prevented through timely and effective health care treatment.

This Data Short Take provides information on how Minnesota hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers made major spending commitments such as building updates, replacing and adding medical equipment, and technological upgrades such as electronic health records between 2007 and 2016.

This legislative report provides estimates of health care spending for Minnesota residents in 2015 and 2016 and projections of spending between 2017 and 2026. The report also explores the history of health care spending growth, and the availability of evidence-based strategies to constrain the level and growth of spending. Other topics include health care spending by source of funds and categories of service.

A Measurement Framework for a Healthier Minnesota
February, 2019

This legislatively required report presents results from the foundational first phase of MDH’s work toward completing a quality measurement framework. MDH had rich conversations with a wide range of stakeholders that helped lay the groundwork for a new vision of quality measurement for Minnesota. There is widespread enthusiasm for evolving our current quality measurement system and creating a stronger focus on improvement, as well as for widening the scope of measurement beyond health care to health broadly. This report contains comprehensive findings from the first phase of framework development, including a roadmap that is to guide the remaining work and its implementation.

This annual report to the Legislature includes estimated actual health care spending for Minnesota residents in 2014 and projections for future spending from 2015 through 2024. The report also explores the history of health care spending growth, and includes health care spending by source of funds and categories of service.

This report to the Legislature contains MDH's final findings from the comprehensive public interest review of the proposal to add 100 licensed beds to Regions Hospital in Saint Paul. MDH found that the proposal was not in the public interest.

This report to the Minnesota Legislature describes community benefit spending by Minnesota hospitals between 2013 and 2015. The report considers different categories of community benefit spending, and how different types of hospitals direct community benefit dollars. Supplemental tables provide detailed community benefit breakdowns by hospital.

This report examines case price variation among four common, clinically uncomplicated inpatient treatments in orthopedic and obstetric care. This is the second in a series of reports focusing on variation in health care prices for common treatments and procedures in Minnesota. (August 2018)