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New Health Care Disparities Report Shows Improvements in Diabetes, Vascular Care

Low-income patients in Minnesota with diabetes and vascular disease had better control over their conditions in 2014 than the year before, according to the eighth annual Health Care Disparities Report conducted by MN Community Measurement and sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The report evaluates care outcomes for patients enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) on 12 quality performance measures. ICSI member Entira Family Clinics increased the percentage of its MHCP-covered patients reaching optimal diabetes management by 21 percentage points over the past year. Learn more.

RARE Mental Health Collaborative Wraps Up

Team members from the 11 participating hospitals part of the RARE Mental Health Collaborative came together on February 24, 2015 to share their results and lessons learned. As they delivered their final reports, participants talked about signs of progress, data that is just beginning to move in the right direction, successful efforts that will be expanded and others that didn't work quite as well. Read more in ICSI News.

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Interested in Minnesota's 2014 Health Equity of Care Report? Get up to Speed Quickly with Two Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, April 23 and Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Noon - 1 p.m.

In collaboration with MN Community Measurement (MNCM), ICSI is offering two hourlong webinars to help medical groups and clinicians get up to speed on the 2014 MNCM Health Equity of Care Report, which presents quality data by race, ethnicity, preferred language, country of origin, and region of the state. These webinars are free and open to all. Sign up for one or both to meet your organization's needs. Learn more about the April 23 and May 21 webinars.

AHRQ's Shared Decision-Making Training
Open to the Public

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Are you a clinician with a commitment to patient-centered care? To help health care professionals work with patients to make the best possible health care decisions together, AHRQ has developed the SHARE Approach curriculum, a five-step evidence-based approach to shared decision-making. ICSI is cosponsoring this FREE train-the-trainer workshop, which is now open to the public. Over six (6.25) hours of continuing medical education credits (CME)/continuing education units (CEUs) are available. Learn more and register.


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