Minnesota Legislators Enact Government Cookbook of Medicine
Minnesota legislators have authorized the Minnesota Department of Health to work with an HMO-funded group (Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement) to decide what medical practices your doctor should follow, to track your doctor's adherence to the state list of treatments, and to allow your doctor to be penalized and paid less for failing to comply.
On May 16, 2004, the Minnesota legislature passed the so-called "best practices" proposal as part of a bigger bill. On May 29, despite hundreds of citizen petitions in opposition, Governor Pawlenty signed the bill into law. On June 23, the new Governor's Health Cabinet presented state-issued "best practices" report cards as a key strategy for health care reform.
The 2005 state legislature added the position of Medical Director to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), and required the Department to begin publishing report cards on the "performance" of health care providers in regard to the use of "evidence-based medicine." The legislature authorized DHS officials to access private medical data on all citizens, privately insured and publicly subsidized, to assess the "performance" of all providers in the state of Minnesota. This law is tied to the 2004 law.
ALERT: The 2006 Legislature must decide whether to terminate or make permanent the 2004 "best practices" law, and the health department's authority to direct the practice of medicine. Contact information for your legislators.
|07/13/05:||Bureaucrats at Bedside, CCHC Press Release|
|06/23/05:||An Open Letter to the Leadership of the 2005 Minnesota Legislature|
|06/22/05:||MN Legislature Poised to Tie Doctor's Hands?|
|05/25/05:||Letter to Governor Tim Pawlenty|
|05/05:||2005 Policy Brief: "Bureaucrats at Bedside"|
|07/13/04:||MN GOP Party Takes Stand Against Republican- Sponsored Health Care Law|
|06/23/04:||Citizen Demand Forces Truth from Health Commissioner at Public Meeting of the Governor's Health Cabinet|
|06/02/04:||CCHC Photo Gets Quick Response from Governor's Office|
|05/27/04:||Disturbing Discovery in the Governor's Office (petitions not seen?)|
|05/19/04:||CCHC has advice for Governor on how to proceed with "best practices" bill|
|05/14/04:||CCHC Delivers First Set of Citizen Petitions to MN Governor and Legislative Leadership|
|4/28/04:||"Government Should Not Direct the Practice of Medicine," Say Panel of MN Physicians and Business Owners|
|4/02/04:||MN House Votes on Amendment by Rep. Mark Olson (R-Big Lake) to Delete Government-Issued Treatment Directives from the 2004 House Health and Human Services Bill (HF 1681 - author, Rep. Fran Bradley (R-Rochester)|
|4/02/04:||MN House Refuses to Stop "State Cookbook of Medicine"|
|4/01/04:||CCHC Rebuts Rep. Bradley's Form Letter to Opponents|
|3/30/04:||CCHC sends 'SEVEN CONCERNS' email position statement to MN Senate regarding Health and Human Services bill (SF 1760)|
|3/23/04:||CCHC responds publicly to Rep. Bradley's Email to MN House (RE: "Best Practices") .PDF|
|2/28/04:||CCHC emails 6 concerns to Minnesota House regarding "Best Practices" .PDF|
|3/01/04:||California Physician Warns Against Mandatory Use of "Best Practices" in Minnesota (letter to CCHC)|
|3/30/04:||Proposed Bill Language regarding "Best Practices"|