Louisiana Health and Hospitals Department Secretary Alan Levine has appointed 10 members to a newly established Medicaid reform committee that will guide the agency in creating a patient-centered Medicaid system in the state. As part of the state's Health Care Reform Act of 2007, the department is responsible for implementing a medical-home system of care that incorporates the use of health information technology and quality measures.
Called Louisiana Interagency Task Force on the Future of Family Medicine, the model is intended to provide quality-driven, sustainable care for Medicaid recipients and low-income citizens. A model that has worked elsewhere, the department said, is a provider-service network, or PSN, that offers an integrated system of care to Medicaid beneficiaries. Committee members will advise the department as it designs the federal waiver applications necessary to implement a Louisiana Health First PSN demonstration project.
The new committee includes representatives from the Louisiana Association of Health Plans, Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Louisiana State Medical Society, Louisiana State University Health System and other healthcare groups.
The 10 committee members are: Donnie Batie, Louisiana State Medical Society; Karen DeSalvo, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum; Gil Dupre, Louisiana Association of Health Plans; Ginger Hunt, Louisiana Primary Care Association; Keith Perrin, Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Paul Salles, Louisiana Hospital Association; Steven Taylor, Family Medicine Task Force; Roxane Townsend, LSU Health System; Carmen Weisner, Louisiana chapter of National Association of Social Workers; and Clayton Williams, Louisiana Public Health Institute.