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MMA Meets with Legislative Leaders on Population Research

[MMA News Now, Feb. 13, 2014] On Feb. 10, the MMA met with key legislators to discuss needed changes to the state’s All Payer Claims Database (APCD) and urged them to replace Provider Peer Grouping (PPG).

Doug Wood, M.D., MMA board member, Janet Silversmith, MMA director of health policy, and Dave Renner, MMA director of state and federal legislation, met separately with Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick) and with Rep. Tom Huntley (DFL-Duluth).

This initiative, which the MMA is calling the Minnesota Health Atlas Project (MHAP), calls for the APCD to be used for population-based research related to small area analysis on utilization, premium differentials, social determinates and other factors. The research projects would be identified and chosen by a new steering committee comprised of health researchers, providers, payers, QI organizations and consumers.

At the meetings, the MMA asked the legislative leaders to introduce legislation to expand the use of the APCD to beyond just PPG and to create the structure for the new projects. Both legislators were interested in the new idea and are convening a stakeholder meeting to discuss next steps on Feb. 18.

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