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Canby MN July 26, 2016 - The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced today that Sanford Canby Clinic is among 276 Minnesota and border state clinics that were recently recognized for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression as part of the 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Quality Incentive Payment System, a State of Minnesota pay-for-performance program that is administered by The Action Group.

Minnesota Bridges to Excellence and the Quality Incentive Program System also recognize clinics for improvement in these key conditions.  These clinics have improved patient outcomes by at least 10 percentage points in the last year, but did not meet the achievement goal.  Sanford Canby Clinic was recognized for meeting the improvement goal for diabetes care, vascular care, and depression care based on depression remission at six months.

Maritza Lopez, MD, Medical Director of Sanford Canby Clinic, commented, "Sanford Canby Clinic is very pleased that we are continuing to advance care and improve outcomes.  These awards acknowledge our commitment to improve the health of all of our patients.  Our health care team's passion for excellence is evident in our day-to-day care of our patients."

Established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2006, the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program uses publicly reported outcomes data to identify clinics that meet or exceed optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression.

"Clinics that receive rewards are doing an exceptional job in caring for their patients, and we applaud them for their commitment and results," said Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of The Action Group.  "Our aspiration is for all Minnesotans to receive the right care, at the right time and at the right price.  This can only be achieved through genuine collaboration on behalf of providers, patients, purchasers, and other community stakeholders."

To be eligible for a reward, clinics must have a certain percentage of patients at optimal levels of care or significantly increase the number over the previous year.  Performance goals are set each year by the Minnesota Health Action Group and the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Champions of Change, a group of organizations that sponsor the pay-for-performance program and who fund the rewards.  This year's Champions include Best Buy, Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, State of Minnesota-State Employee Group Insurance Plan, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the University of Minnesota, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.

More information about Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, along with a complete list of reward recipients, can be found at www.mnhealthactiongroup.com.

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