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Lindeen Announces Council to Implement Patient-Centered Medical Home Act

15-member Council to Advise on Program Standards

November 14, 2013

HELENA – Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica J. Lindeen announced today the members of a 15-member council to advise her in creating a new approach to health care designed to lower costs and improve the health of Montanans.

The 2013 Montana Legislature passed the Montana Patient-Centered Medical Home Act – a bill Lindeen promoted. A patient-centered medical home is a new philosophy of delivering health care in which patient care is coordinated by a team of health care professionals, led by the patient’s primary care provider and focused on keeping the patient healthy.

“I’m excited to work with this talented council in getting this program off the ground,” Lindeen said. “You hear a lot of talk about ways to lower health care costs and keep people healthy. Patient-Centered Medical Homes puts that talk into action and I’m glad to be on the front lines of this change.”

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. Lindeen’s office is required to submit an independent study on savings generated by the PCMH program and report to the Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee in 2016.

Health care providers and insurers that participate in Montana’s PCMH program will have to meet certain standards such as receiving recognition from national accrediting organizations that will be chosen by the council.

The council’s first meeting will be Friday, November 15th, at 1:00pm. The meeting will be at the Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance at 840 Helena Avenue. All of the council’s meetings will be open to the public. Lindeen encourages participation from interested parties who are not on the council as she recognizes the importance of stakeholder participation and transparency in the process of developing a new program.