MNCM and DHS Release Report Highlighting Health Disparities

On April 2, MN Community Measurement (MNCM) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) released the 2017 Health Care Disparities Report, which shows significant gaps for patients enrolled in state health plans.
The report provides health care performance rates for patients enrolled in the managed care component of Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP), including Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.  

The report found that patients enrolled in MHCP managed care received cancer screenings and immunizations less frequently than Minnesotans who have private or employer-based health insurance. Performance rates and health outcomes for MHCP patients who have asthma, depression or diabetes are also worse than privately insured patients. 

MHCP patients, when compared with the overall population of the state, are of lower socioeconomic status, include a disproportionate number of persons of color, and often experience barriers to care.
This annual report reveals considerable disparities, highlighting three measures with the largest gaps – Childhood Immunization Status, Breast Cancer Screening and Colorectal Cancer Screening. The report includes medical group and clinic level results for 11 measures, as well as analysis by race/ethnicity and region.
There were five medical groups with above average ratings for the MHCP population in all three measures (Childhood Immunization Status, Breast Cancer Screening and Colorectal Cancer Screening):
•       Allina Health  
•       CentraCare Health
•       HealthPartners Clinics
•       Mankato Clinic, Ltd.
•       Mayo Clinic

For the full list of medical groups and more information on the measures, view the report online.