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  208.950.  Plans required — participant enrollment — survey to assess health and wellness outcomes — health risk assessments required. — 1.  The department of social services shall, with the advice and approval of the Mo HealthNet oversight committee established under section 208.955, create health improvement plans for all participants in Mo HealthNet.  Such health improvement plans shall include but not be limited to, risk-bearing coordinated care plans, administrative services organizations, and coordinated fee-for-service plans.  Development of the plans and enrollment into such plans shall begin July 1, 2008, and shall be completed by July 1, 2011, and shall take into account the appropriateness of enrolling particular participants into the specific plans and the time line for enrollment.  For risk-bearing care coordination plans and administrative services organization plans, the contract shall require that the contracted per diem be reduced or other financial penalty occur if the quality targets specified by the department are not met.  For purposes of this section, "quality targets specified by the department" shall include, but not be limited to, rates at which participants whose care is being managed by such plans seek to use hospital emergency department services for nonemergency medical conditions.

  2.  Every participant shall be enrolled in a health improvement plan and be provided a health care home.  All health improvement plans are required to help participants remain in the least restrictive level of care possible, use domestic-based call centers and nurse help lines, and report on participant and provider satisfaction information annually.  All health improvement plans shall use best practices that are evidence-based.  The department of social services shall evaluate and compare all health improvement plans on the basis of cost, quality, health improvement, health outcomes, social and behavioral outcomes, health status, customer satisfaction, use of evidence-based medicine, and use of best practices and shall report such findings to the oversight committee.

  3.  When creating a health improvement plan for participants, the department shall ensure that the rules and policies are promulgated consistent with the principles of transparency, personal responsibility, prevention and wellness, performance-based assessments, and achievement of improved health outcomes, increasing access, and cost-effective delivery through the use of technology and coordination of care.

  4.  No provisions of any state law shall be construed as to require any aged, blind, or disabled person to enroll in a risk-bearing coordination plan.

  5.  The department of social services shall, by July 1, 2008, commission an independent survey to assess health and wellness outcomes of MO HealthNet participants by examining key health care delivery system indicators, including but not limited to disease-specific outcome measures, provider network demographic statistics including but not limited to the number of providers per unit population broken down by specialty, subspecialty, and multidisciplinary providers by geographic areas of the state in comparison side-by-side with like indicators of providers available to the state-wide population, and participant and provider program satisfaction surveys.  In counting the number of providers available, the study design shall use a definition of provider availability such that a provider that limits the number of MO HealthNet recipients seen in a unit of time is counted as a partial provider in the determination of availability.  The department may contract with another organization in order to complete the survey, and shall give preference to Missouri-based organizations.  The results of the study shall be completed within six months and be submitted to the general assembly, the governor, and the oversight committee.

  6.  The department of social services shall engage in a public process for the design, development, and implementation of the health improvement plans and other aspects of MO HealthNet.  Such public process shall allow for but not be limited to input from consumers, health advocates, disability advocates, providers, and other stakeholders.

  7.  By July 1, 2008, all health improvement plans shall conduct a health risk assessment for enrolled participants and develop a plan of care for each enrolled participant with health status goals achievable through healthy lifestyles, and appropriate for the individual based on the participant's age and the results of the participant's health risk assessment.

  8.  For any necessary contracts related to the purchase of products or services required to administer the MO HealthNet program, there shall be competitive requests for proposals consistent with state procurement policies of chapter 34 or through other existing state procurement processes specified in chapter 630.


(L. 2007 S.B. 577)

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