By Anthony Matt
Essentia Health continues to rank as one of the top performers across all clinical quality measures in Minnesota, according to the latest report from Minnesota Community Measurement, a statewide resource for timely, comparable information on health care quality, costs and equity.
Based on data analyzed by MNCM for care delivered in 2022, Essentia was ranked as a high performer — one of only seven organizations in the state to achieve this. This marks the fourth straight year Essentia earned high-performer status.
“It is a great honor to rank as one of the highest performers across all clinical quality measures in the state of Minnesota,” said Dr. Maria Beaver, interim chief quality and patient safety officer at Essentia. “This is a testament to the amazing care provided by all our clinical care teams and all our colleagues who support them.”
The annual report features comparative data on medical group and clinic-level performance on key measures. High performers are defined as scoring significantly above the statewide average on at least 50% of the measures for which they are eligible. You can view the entire report here.
“We celebrate this recognition of the great care provided to our patients,” Dr. Beaver said. “We also look forward to learning from this report and each other about how we can continue to improve the care we deliver to the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.”
Minnesota Community Measures issues its Health Care Quality Report annually in three separate findings. This report is the third of those three parts for care delivered in 2022. Consumers can use this information to compare quality performance of different providers and see how their providers are performing in comparison to the statewide average.
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