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.

Citizen Petition - "EBM" and "Best Practices" Laws

The 2005 "Evidence-Based Medicine" Law

The 2004 Minnesota "Best Practices" Law
The Minnesota Data Collection Law - 62J
New Governor's Health Cabinet in Minnesota focuses on "best practices"

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

Concerned citizens Elizabeth Cantrell and Carolyn Goodell help CCHC deliver first set of citizen petitions (red binders) opposing "best practices" health care legislation to the Office of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, May 13, 2004. Ms. Goodell is holding one-half of the set of petitions to be delivered to Minnesota House Leadership (Speaker Steve Sviggum (R-Kenyon).

CCHC Treasurer Val Baertlein delivers set of citizen petitions opposing "best practices" health care legislation to the office of Senate Majority Leader, Dean Johnson (D-Willmar), May 13, 2004.

After dropping off petitions at the Office of the Governor, several CCHC Board members and volunteers head to the office of Speaker Steve Sviggum (R-Kenyon) to deliver a set of citizen petitions opposing "best practices" health care legislation, May 13, 2004.

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"