Next Stakeholder Council Meeting:
Montana PCMH Stakeholder Council
December 18th, 1:00pm, at the CSI office
840 Helena Ave., in Helena, Montana
A Health Care Community
What if medical providers were paid to keep people healthy? We believe that simple concept could transform health care in Montana. That's the idea behind Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).
A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is not so much a place, as a community of health care professionals, lead by your primary care provider, focused on helping you become as healthy as you can be. Currently, providers are generally paid to treat illness and injury, providing incentives for excessive treatment, tests, and medication, leading to greater cost throughout the system. A PCMH allows for better acess to health care, increased satisfaction with care, and improved health outcomes for patients and communities. A PCMH team collectively takes responsibility for ongoing patient care at all stages, focusing on coordinating care and prevention.
The PCMH Act was created by Senate Bill 84, which was passed by the 2013 Montana Legislature. The law requires the insurance commissioner to rely on a council of stakeholders in creating standards for the program, qualifying health care providers and insurers to participate, and promoting the program. The volunteer council consists of representatives of primary care providers, health plans, Medicaid, public health, and consumer advocates.
For questions about the Montana Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative contact Amanda Roccabruna Eby at firstname.lastname@example.org
The PCMH Stakeholder Council
Council members will consult Insurance Commissioner Lindeen in qualifying patient-centered medical homes. Stakeholders will work with CSI staff to determine which nationally recognized accrediting organizations will be included in our program, develop Montana specific standards and a qualification process for applicants. The council will also advise in promotion, education and coordination of the PCMH program by providing guidance concerning medical home activities.
The list of the new council members is below.
Dr. Jeffrey Zavala, St. Vincent's Hospital
Dr. Joe Sofianek, Bozeman Deaconess Health Group
Paula Block, Montana Primary Care Association
Dr. Jonathan Griffin, St. Peter's Hospital
Dr. Larry Severa, Billings Clinic
Dr. Janice Gomersall, Community Physicians Group, Mountain View Family Medicine and Obstetrics
Dr. Jay Larson, South Hills Internal Medicine
Carla Cobb, RiverStone Health
Todd Lovshin, PacificSource Health Plans
Dr. Monica E Berner, Blue Cross Blue Shield Montana
Dr. Thomas H Roberts, Montana Health CO-OP
Mary Noel, Medicaid
Jane Smilie, Public Health and Safety Division, Department of Public Health & Human Services
S. Kevin Howlett, Tribal Health and Human Services, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Lisa Wilson, Montana Family Link
Rep. Ron Ehli, State of Montana (Ad Hoc Member)
Sen. Mary Caferro, State of Montana (Ad Hoc Member)