[MMA News Now, May 1, 2014]
On April 29, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that suspends provider peer grouping (PPG) and instead calls for use of the all-payer claims database (APCD) as a tool for expanding knowledge and insight into health care and health care delivery in Minnesota.
The bill passed both legislative bodies with strong bipartisan support (Senate - 46 to 13, House - 80 to 48).
In particular, the law calls for better understanding of population health, the determinants of health, the causes of readmissions, and the utilization, distribution, cost, delivery and outcomes of care. The law specifically calls for convening a work group to make recommendations on these and other uses of the APCD. Two individuals on the work group are to be appointed by the MMA.
“This was one of our priorities for the session,” said Dave Renner, MMA’s director of state and federal legislation. “We’re confident the APCD will be a much better mechanism for public reporting on cost and quality.”