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SF 1911

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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A bill for an act
relating to health; establishing the Minnesota Medical Information Council;
requiring reports; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginLEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
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new text begin The legislature finds that consumers and regulators of medical care in Minnesota
are not sufficiently informed to create either a functioning market for medical care or an
effective regulatory approach to medical care. As a result of this lack of information, the
medical care market in Minnesota is supplier-driven, where the need for facilities and
services are largely determined by medical care providers who compete for high-margin
services. The legislature finds that the state lacks a basic inventory of medical facilities and
services to allow for a functioning market or an effective regulatory approach. To reform
the market for medical care from a supplier-driven market to a consumer-driven market, an
informed consumer voice must be present. To further this public policy, it is the intent of
the legislature to establish the Minnesota Medical Information Council which is permanent
and which acts as a consumer voice in medical care decision-making at the legislature.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [3.928] MINNESOTA MEDICAL INFORMATION COUNCIL.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin (a) There is created a Minnesota Medical Information
Council consisting of 13 members. The 13 members must include:
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new text begin (1) the commissioner of health;
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new text begin (2) the commissioner of employee relations;
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new text begin (3) the commissioner of human services;
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new text begin (4) three employers, none of which is a provider of medical care or an insurer;
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new text begin (5) three experts to be drawn from academia, providers of medical care, or
administrators of medical care plans; and
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new text begin (6) four citizens representing different consumer perspectives, including an
individual who: (i) is insured through an employer; (ii) purchases insurance through
a self-employed or small business plan; (iii) is uninsured; and (iv) receives coverage
through a government assistance program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties and powers. new text end

new text begin The council shall:
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new text begin (1) act as a consumer voice in medical care decision-making;
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new text begin (2) oversee the gathering of statewide information to address the availability and
capacity of medical services in existing medical facilities;
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new text begin (3) advise the governor and the legislature on matters relating to medical facilities
and services; and
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new text begin (4) maintain a staff of no more than five people.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Terms, compensation, removal, vacancies; expiration. new text end

new text begin The membership
terms, per diems, removal of members appointed by the governor, and filling of vacancies
of members must be as provided in section 15.059, except that members may not receive
compensation unless they are low-income. For purposes of this section, low-income
means eligible to receive public assistance. The council is not subject to the expiration
date provisions of section 15.059.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Conflict of interest. new text end

new text begin No member of the council may participate in
deliberations or vote on any matter before the council which will or is likely to result in
direct, measurable economic gain to the member. Additionally, no member of the council
may participate in deliberations or vote on any matter before the council which will or is
likely to result in direct, measurable economic gain to that member's employer.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin State agency assistance. new text end

new text begin Other state agencies shall supply the council
upon request with advisory staff services on matters relating to the jurisdiction of the
council. The council shall cooperate and coordinate its activities with other state agencies
to the highest possible degree.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The council shall prepare and distribute a report to the governor
and legislature by November 15 of each even-numbered year. The report shall summarize
the activities of the council since its last report, list receipts and expenditures, identify the
major problems and issues confronting the medical services market, and list the specific
objectives that the council seeks to attain during the next biennium.
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Sec. 3. new text beginWORK GROUP; REPORT.
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new text begin By January 1, 2008, the Minnesota Medical Information Council shall report back to
the chairs of house and senate committees having jurisdiction over health with a report on
how the council will proceed with a statewide inventory of medical services including: (1)
medical services currently available in certain medical facilities; and (2) the capacity and
use of existing medical facilities. The report must establish reporting thresholds for capital
expenditures on facilities and technology, expansion or addition of new medical services,
or expected revenue streams from a change or increase in operations.
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Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... is appropriated for the biennium beginning July 1, 2007, from the general
fund to the Minnesota Medical Information Council for the purposes of sections 1 to 3.
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