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256B.043 COST-CONTAINMENT EFFORTS.
    Subdivision 1. Alternative and complementary health care. The commissioner of human
services, through the medical director and in consultation with the Health Services Policy
Committee established under section 256B.0625, subdivision 3c, as part of the commissioner's
ongoing duties, shall consider the potential for improving quality and obtaining cost savings
through greater use of alternative and complementary treatment methods and clinical practice;
shall incorporate these methods into the medical assistance, MinnesotaCare, and general
assistance medical care programs; and shall make related legislative recommendations as
appropriate. The commissioner shall post the recommendations required under this subdivision on
agency Web sites according to section 144.0506, subdivision 1.
    Subd. 2. Access to care. (a) The commissioners of human services and health, as part of
their ongoing duties, shall consider the adequacy of the current system of community health
clinics and centers both statewide and in urban areas with significant disparities in health status
and access to services across racial and ethnic groups, including:
(1) methods to provide 24-hour availability of care through the clinics and centers;
(2) methods to expand the availability of care through the clinics and centers;
(3) the use of grants to expand the number of clinics and centers, the services provided, and
the availability of care; and
(4) the extent to which increased use of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical
residents and interns, and other allied health professionals in clinics and centers would increase
the availability of services.
(b) The commissioners shall make departmental modifications and legislative
recommendations as appropriate on the basis of their considerations under paragraph (a).
History: 2006 c 267 art 1 s 9