Mayo Clinic Health System recognized for improving care and patient outcomes

August 10, 2016

RED WING, Minn. — The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) has announced Mayo Clinic Health System sites among 276 Minnesota and border-state clinics are being recognized for delivering optimal care and achieving optimal care measures. The recognition is part of the 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System, a State of Minnesota pay-for-performance program that is administered by The Action Group.

Mayo Clinic Health System in LeRoy was recognized for achieving the program’s specific clinical outcomes for patients with depression, which is known to be a primary driver of health care costs. Meeting achievement goals is the highest level of recognition in the program.

Minnesota Bridges to Excellence and the Quality Incentive Payment System recognize clinics for improving in the program’s key conditions; these clinics have improved patient outcomes by at least 10 percentage points in the last year. The following Mayo Clinic Health System clinic locations have been recognized for their improvement efforts:  Cannon Falls (diabetes care), Lake City (vascular disease care), Red Wing (vascular disease and diabetes care), Wabasha (depression and vascular disease care), and Zumbrota (depression). A complete list of reward recipients can be found on

“Clinics that receive this recognition are doing an exceptional job of caring for their patients, and we applaud them for their commitment and results,” says Carolyn Pare, president and CEO, The Action Group. “Our aspiration is for all Minnesotans to receive the right care, at the right time and at the right price. This can only be achieved through genuine collaboration on behalf of providers, patients, purchasers and other community stakeholders.”

The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program, which was established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2004, and the State’s Quality Incentive Payment System implemented in 2011, uses 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. Performance goals are set each year by the Minnesota Health Action Group and the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Champions of Changes, a group of organizations that sponsor the pay-for-performance program and who fund the rewards. This year’s Champions include Best Buy, Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, State of Minnesota-State Employee Group Insurance Plan, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the University of Minnesota, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.

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