An accountable provider network is subject to all requirements applicable to a health plan company licensed in the state, except as otherwise noted in this chapter. An accountable provider network and a health care purchasing alliance must comply with all requirements of chapter 62L, except for modifications and waivers permitted under this chapter. A contracting arrangement between a health care purchasing alliance and an accountable provider network for provision of health care benefits must provide consumer protection functions comparable to those currently required of a health plan company licensed under section 62N.25, and other statutes referenced in that section, except for modifications and waivers permitted under this chapter.
A self-insured employer may participate as an affiliate member of a purchasing alliance without participation affecting the employer's standing under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974. An affiliate member is one that may purchase administrative services with the purchasing alliance and may participate in activities undertaken to educate and promote health improvement of the purchasing alliance enrollees or community residents.