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First Substitute H.B. 140
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill directs the Department of Health to work with relevant entities for the purpose
11 of coordinating a demonstration project on the subject of consumer-based health care
12 delivery and payment reform.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . instructs the Department of Health to coordinate with health insurers to develop a
16 demonstration project for consumer-based health care delivery and payment reform;
17 . directs the Department of Health to convene and consult with relevant entities and
18 organizations to facilitate the development of a demonstration project for
19 consumer-based health care delivery and payment reform;
20 . directs the Department of Health to supervise efforts of participating entities
22 . applying for and obtaining grant and other funding for this type of
23 demonstration project;
24 . obtaining and analyzing information related to current health system utilization
25 and costs to consumers; and
26 . consulting with the health care providers and health care payers who elect to
27 participate in the project; and
28 . requires the executive director of the Department of Health to report to the Health
29 System Reform Task Force regarding the progress towards consumer-based health
30 delivery and payment reform by January 1, 2015.
31 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
33 Other Special Clauses:
35 Utah Code Sections Affected:
37 26-23a-115, Utah Code Annotated 1953
39 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
40 Section 1. Section 26-23a-115 is enacted to read:
41 26-23a-115. Consumer-focused health care delivery and payment reform
42 demonstration project.
43 (1) The Legislature finds that:
44 (a) current health care delivery and payment systems do not provide system wide
45 incentives for the competitive delivery and pricing of health care services to consumers;
46 (b) there is a compelling state interest to encourage consumers to seek high quality, low
47 cost care and educate themselves about health care options;
48 (c) some health care providers and health care payers have developed
49 consumer-focused ideas for health care delivery and payment system reform, but lack the
50 critical number of patient lives and payer involvement to accomplish system-wide
51 consumer-focused reform; and
52 (d) there is a compelling state interest to encourage as many health care providers and
53 health care payers to join together and coordinate efforts at consumer-focused health care
54 delivery and payment reform that would provide to consumers enrolled in a high-deductible
55 health plan:
56 (i) greater choice in health care options;
57 (ii) improved services through competition; and
58 (iii) more affordable options for care.
59 (2) (a) The department shall meet with health care providers and health care payers for
60 the purpose of coordinating a demonstration project for consumer-based health care delivery
61 and payment reform.
62 (b) Participation in the coordination efforts is voluntary, but encouraged.
63 (3) The department, in order to facilitate the coordination of a demonstration project
64 for consumer-based health care delivery and payment reform, shall convene and consult with
65 pertinent entities including:
66 (a) the Utah Insurance Department;
67 (b) the Office of Consumer Health Services;
68 (c) the Utah Medical Association;
69 (d) the Utah Hospital Association; and
70 (e) neutral, non-biased third parties with an established record for broad based,
71 multi-payer and multi-provider quality assurance efforts and data collection.
72 (4) The department shall supervise the efforts by entities under Subsection (3)
74 (a) applying for and obtaining grant funding and other financial assistance that may be
75 available for demonstrating consumer-based improvements to health care delivery and
77 (b) obtaining and analyzing information and data related to current health system
78 utilization and costs to consumers; and
79 (c) consulting with those health care providers and health care payers who elect to
80 participate in the consumer-based health delivery and payment demonstration project.
81 (5) The executive director shall report to the Health System Reform Task Force by
82 January 1, 2015, regarding the progress toward coordination of consumer-focused health care
83 system payment and delivery reform.
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