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HF 614

as introduced - 81st Legislature (1999 - 2000) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to health; expanding the reserve corridor for 
  1.3             community integrated service networks; modifying the 
  1.4             definition of review organization; amending Minnesota 
  1.5             Statutes 1998, sections 62N.28, subdivision 5; and 
  1.6             145.61, subdivision 5. 
  1.8      Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 62N.28, 
  1.9   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  1.10     Subd. 5.  [NET WORTH CORRIDOR.] A community network shall 
  1.11  not maintain net worth that exceeds 2-1/2 three times the amount 
  1.12  required of the community network under subdivision 1.  
  1.13  Subdivision 4 is not relevant for purposes of this subdivision. 
  1.14     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 145.61, 
  1.15  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  1.16     Subd. 5.  [REVIEW ORGANIZATION.] "Review organization" 
  1.17  means a nonprofit organization acting according to clause (k) or 
  1.18  a committee whose membership is limited to professionals, 
  1.19  administrative staff, and consumer directors, except where 
  1.20  otherwise provided for by state or federal law, and which is 
  1.21  established by one or more of the following:  a hospital, a 
  1.22  clinic, a nursing home, one or more state or local associations 
  1.23  of professionals, an organization of professionals from a 
  1.24  particular area or medical institution, a health maintenance 
  1.25  organization as defined in chapter 62D, a community integrated 
  1.26  service network as defined in chapter 62N, a nonprofit health 
  2.1   service plan corporation as defined in chapter 62C, a preferred 
  2.2   provider organization, a professional standards review 
  2.3   organization established pursuant to United States Code, title 
  2.4   42, section 1320c-1 et seq., a medical review agent established 
  2.5   to meet the requirements of section 256B.04, subdivision 15, or 
  2.6   256D.03, subdivision 7, paragraph (b), the department of human 
  2.7   services, a health provider cooperative operating under sections 
  2.8   62R.17 to 62R.26, or a corporation organized under chapter 317A 
  2.9   that owns, operates, or is established by one or more of the 
  2.10  above referenced entities, to gather and review information 
  2.11  relating to the care and treatment of patients for the purposes 
  2.12  of: 
  2.13     (a) evaluating and improving the quality of health care 
  2.14  rendered in the area or medical institution or by the entity or 
  2.15  organization that established the review organization; 
  2.16     (b) reducing morbidity or mortality; 
  2.17     (c) obtaining and disseminating statistics and information 
  2.18  relative to the treatment and prevention of diseases, illness 
  2.19  and injuries; 
  2.20     (d) developing and publishing guidelines showing the norms 
  2.21  of health care in the area or medical institution or in the 
  2.22  entity or organization that established the review organization; 
  2.23     (e) developing and publishing guidelines designed to keep 
  2.24  within reasonable bounds the cost of health care; 
  2.25     (f) reviewing the quality or cost of health care services 
  2.26  provided to enrollees of health maintenance organizations, 
  2.27  community integrated service networks, health service plans, 
  2.28  preferred provider organizations, and insurance companies; 
  2.29     (g) acting as a professional standards review organization 
  2.30  pursuant to United States Code, title 42, section 1320c-1 et 
  2.31  seq.; 
  2.32     (h) determining whether a professional shall be granted 
  2.33  staff privileges in a medical institution, membership in a state 
  2.34  or local association of professionals, or participating status 
  2.35  in a nonprofit health service plan corporation, health 
  2.36  maintenance organization, community integrated service network, 
  3.1   preferred provider organization, or insurance company, or 
  3.2   whether a professional's staff privileges, membership, or 
  3.3   participation status should be limited, suspended or revoked; 
  3.4      (i) reviewing, ruling on, or advising on controversies, 
  3.5   disputes or questions between: 
  3.6      (1) health insurance carriers, nonprofit health service 
  3.7   plan corporations, health maintenance organizations, community 
  3.8   integrated service networks, self-insurers and their insureds, 
  3.9   subscribers, enrollees, or other covered persons; 
  3.10     (2) professional licensing boards and health providers 
  3.11  licensed by them; 
  3.12     (3) professionals and their patients concerning diagnosis, 
  3.13  treatment or care, or the charges or fees therefor; 
  3.14     (4) professionals and health insurance carriers, nonprofit 
  3.15  health service plan corporations, health maintenance 
  3.16  organizations, community integrated service networks, or 
  3.17  self-insurers concerning a charge or fee for health care 
  3.18  services provided to an insured, subscriber, enrollee, or other 
  3.19  covered person; 
  3.20     (5) professionals or their patients and the federal, state, 
  3.21  or local government, or agencies thereof; 
  3.22     (j) providing underwriting assistance in connection with 
  3.23  professional liability insurance coverage applied for or 
  3.24  obtained by dentists, or providing assistance to underwriters in 
  3.25  evaluating claims against dentists; 
  3.26     (k) acting as a medical review agent under section 256B.04, 
  3.27  subdivision 15, or 256D.03, subdivision 7, paragraph (b); 
  3.28     (l) providing recommendations on the medical necessity of a 
  3.29  health service, or the relevant prevailing community standard 
  3.30  for a health service; 
  3.31     (m) providing quality assurance as required by United 
  3.32  States Code, title 42, sections 1396r(b)(1)(b) and 
  3.33  1395i-3(b)(1)(b) of the Social Security Act; 
  3.34     (n) providing information to group purchasers of health 
  3.35  care services when that information was originally generated 
  3.36  within the review organization for a purpose specified by this 
  4.1   subdivision; or 
  4.2      (o) providing information to other, affiliated or 
  4.3   nonaffiliated review organizations, when that information was 
  4.4   originally generated within the review organization for a 
  4.5   purpose specified by this subdivision, and as long as that 
  4.6   information will further the purposes of a review organization 
  4.7   as specified by this subdivision.