Quality and Safety

The MMA is an influential leader in quality improvement, patient safety, and health information technology (HIT) initiatives. On behalf of physicians, the MMA advocates for important quality and safety policies at state and federal levels, evaluates and monitors pay for performance initiatives, and helps physicians navigate the areas of quality measurement, patient safety, and HIT.

Health IT The MMA is working to help members implement health information technologies and meet federal and state requirements. The MMA's top priorities include helping physicians to take advantage of the federal HITECH Act (passed in 2009) and helping doctors to comply with Minnesota's 2011 e-prescribing mandate and its 2015 interoperability goal.

Measurement and Transparency The MMA encourages Minnesota physicians to embrace measurement and its capacity to move the health care system towards high-quality, high-value care. The MMA works to reduce the administrative burdens of quality measurement and advocates for fair, accurate measures that lead to improvements in care delivery and patient outcomes.

Patient Safety The MMA has been a leader in efforts to improve patient safety through the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS). MAPS focuses on efforts to reduce medical errors by educating health care providers about causes of errors, promoting a “Just Culture,” and impacting the patient safety culture.

Pay-for-Performance P4P initiatives have been established by employers, insurers, the state legislature, and federal agencies. The MMA has led efforts to monitor and evaluate P4P programs to assure they are fair, meaningful, and do not pose significant administrative burdens on Minnesota’s physician clinics.

Quality Improvement The MMA works in partnership with other organizations to support and implement transformational projects that lead to measurable improvements in care delivery and patient outcomes. The MMA builds physician capacity for improvement by providing tools, resources, and education and by sharing Minnesota’s quality improvement successes.

For more information, contact Kristen Gloege 612-362-3742.