§6951. Maine Quality Forum

Link to law: http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/24-A/title24-Asec6951.html
Published: 2015

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§6951. Maine Quality Forum






The Maine Quality Forum, referred to in this subchapter as "the forum," is established
within Dirigo Health. The forum is governed by the board with advice from the Maine
Quality Forum Advisory Council pursuant to section 6952. The forum must be funded,
at least in part, through the savings offset payments made pursuant to former section
6913 and the access payment pursuant to section 6917. Except as provided in section 6907, subsection 2, information obtained by the forum
is a public record as provided by Title 1, chapter 13, subchapter 1. The forum shall
perform the following duties. [2009, c. 359, §5 (AMD); 2009, c. 359, §8 (AFF).]








1. Research dissemination. 
The forum shall collect and disseminate research regarding health care quality,
evidence-based medicine and patient safety to promote best practices.


[
2003, c. 469, Pt. A, §8 (NEW)
.]








2. Quality and performance measures. 
The forum shall adopt a set of measures to evaluate and compare health care quality
and provider performance. The measures must be adopted with guidance from the advisory
council pursuant to section 6952. The quality measures adopted by the forum must be
the basis for the rules for the collection of quality data adopted by the Maine Health
Data Organization pursuant to Title 22, section 8708-A.


[
2003, c. 469, Pt. A, §8 (NEW)
.]








3. Data coordination. 
The forum shall coordinate the collection of health care quality data in the State.
The forum shall work with the Maine Health Data Organization and other entities that
collect health care data to minimize duplication and to minimize the burden on providers
of data.


[
2003, c. 469, Pt. A, §8 (NEW)
.]








4. Reporting. 
The forum shall work collaboratively with the Maine Health Data Organization, health
care providers, health insurance carriers and others to report in useable formats
comparative health care quality information to consumers, purchasers, providers, insurers
and policy makers. The forum shall produce annual quality reports in conjunction with
the Maine Health Data Organization pursuant to Title 22, section 8712. No later than September 1, 2010, the forum shall make provider-specific information
regarding quality of services available on its publicly accessible website.


[
2009, c. 350, Pt. A, §2 (AMD)
.]








5. Consumer education. 
The forum shall conduct education campaigns to help health care consumers make informed
decisions and engage in healthy lifestyles.


[
2003, c. 469, Pt. A, §8 (NEW)
.]








6. Technology assessment. 
The forum shall conduct technology assessment reviews to guide the use and distribution
of new technologies in this State. The forum shall make recommendations to the certificate
of need program under Title 22, chapter 103-A.


[
2003, c. 469, Pt. A, §8 (NEW)
.]








7. Electronic data. 
The forum shall encourage the adoption of electronic technology and assist health
care practitioners to implement electronic systems for medical records and submission
of claims. The assistance may include, but is not limited to, practitioner education,
identification or establishment of low-interest financing options for hardware and
software and system implementation support.


[
2003, c. 469, Pt. A, §8 (NEW)
.]








8. State health plan. 



[
2011, c. 90, Pt. J, §23 (RP)
.]








9. Annual report. 
The forum shall make an annual report to the public. The forum shall provide the
report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over
appropriations and financial affairs, health and human services matters and insurance
and financial services matters.


[
2003, c. 469, Pt. A, §8 (NEW)
.]








10. Health care provider-specific data. 
The forum shall submit to the Legislature, by January 30th each year beginning in
2009, a health care provider-specific performance report. The report must be based
on health care quality data, including health care-associated infection quality data,
that is submitted by providers to the Maine Health Data Organization pursuant to Title
22, section 8708-A. The forum and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
shall make the report available to the citizens of the State through a variety of
means, including, but not limited to, the forum’s publicly accessible website and
the distribution of written reports and publications.


[
2007, c. 594, §1 (NEW)
.]








11. Infection prevention activities. 
The forum and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention shall, by January
30th of each year beginning in 2009, report to the joint standing committee of the
Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on statewide
collaborative efforts with health care infection control professionals in the State
to control or prevent health care-associated infections.


[
2007, c. 594, §2 (NEW)
.]





SECTION HISTORY

2003, c. 469, §A8 (NEW).
2007, c. 594, §§1, 2 (AMD).
2007, c. 629, Pt. L, §5 (AMD).
2009, c. 350, Pt. A, §2 (AMD).
2009, c. 359, §5 (AMD).
2009, c. 359, §8 (AFF).
2011, c. 90, Pt. J, §23 (AMD).