Minnesota Bridges to Excellence

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What do a standing ovation, inspiring speeches, and great food and fun have in common? They were all part of the final Minnesota Bridges to Excellence celebration! While 2017 marked the final year of MNBTE, the recognition reception was abuzz with ideas for taking the pay-for-performance concept to the next level in Minnesota. Congratulations to all who have helped make MNBTE a success!

Relive a special evening:


“We are very proud of the legacy of MNBTE, and thrilled that Thursday, July 27, 2017, has been declared by Governor Mark Dayton to be ‘Minnesota Excellence in Health Care Day’ in its honor. We amplify the voice of purchasers, sending a clear message to the marketplace about expectations for high achievement and continuous improvement. Resulting infrastructure changes are impressive. We continue to set our sights on key initiatives that will lead to better patient outcomes and experiences for Minnesotans.”

Carolyn Pare, President and CEO, Minnesota Health Action Group

Special thanks to our 2017 Champions of Change:

  • Best Buy
  • Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative
  • State of Minnesota–State Employee Group Insurance Plan
  • University of Minnesota
  • Wells Fargo

Many thanks to our sponsors for this event:


The legacy of Minnesota Bridges to Excellence

Since its introduction by The Action Group in 2005, The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) program advanced both care delivery and outcomes by rewarding clinics for meeting or exceeding a strict set of care standards for patients with diabetes, depression, and vascular disease–conditions known to be primary drivers of health care costs. This purchaser-led pay-for-performance program was tailored for the Minnesota marketplace, and used guidelines developed by the Institute for Clinical System Improvement (ICSI), and measurement development and public reporting by Minnesota Community Measurement.

The goals of MNBTE were to:

  • Improve quality of care for patients
  • Strengthen purchaser and consumer awareness about variations in quality
  • Encourage provider competition based on quality outcomes

Our winners from prior years:

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