Louisiana Introduces Measure to Provide Managed Care & HIE Funding

Louisiana State Senator David Heitmeier introduced Senate Bill 647 on April 1st, which provides for the use of health information exchanges by Medicaid managed care plans.

The measure also requires the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to mandate that Medicaid managed care plans ensure that hospitals report each enrolled individual's hospital admission, discharge, and transfer data to the appropriate health information exchange for its parish.

Additionally, it requires the LA DOH to develop a notification system in collaboration with the health information exchanges and that the hospitals promptly report the collect information to each enrolled individual's primary care providers and managed care plan to improve continuity and coordination of patient care.

The measure was referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare where it awaits further consideration. For more information on health IT bills across all 50 states, visit the HIMSS State HIT Dashboard.