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Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen today announced
"A patient-centered medical home is not so much a place, as it is a community of medical providers transforming health care and working together to keep people well," said Lindeen. "Medical homes also have the potential to save money for
Work on the medical home initiative has been underway since 2009 when Montana Medicaid received a grant from the
Today, Lindeen announced her office will collect data from a survey of
"For years, health care costs have been spiraling out of control. It's time we looked at the way we deliver and pay for medical care. A patient-centered, cooperative approach to health care can help control costs and provide higher quality care across the state," said Lindeen.
The survey results will help Lindeen's office build on the experiences of providers and draft medical home guidelines for the next legislature. By setting clear standards for medical homes, insurers can offer incentives to medical home providers and patients can easily identify which providers operate as true medical homes .
Lindeen and the advisory council will evaluate the results of the survey at the end of the year and use them to create educational materials for providers who are interested in medical homes. Lindeen's office plans on coordinating a series of webinars to teach providers how they can start transforming their own practices into a medical home.
For more information on the advisory council's efforts, contact the CSI office at 800-332-6148 or visit the CSI website at csi.mt.gov. Medical providers and practice managers can take the medical home survey here http://www.csi.mt.gov/medicalhomes/surveyletter.pdf
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