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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 220 : Green Mountain Care Board

Subchapter 001 : Green Mountain Care Board

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 9373)
  • § 9373. Definitions

    As used in this chapter:

    (1) “Board” means the Green Mountain Care Board established in this chapter.

    (2) “Chronic care” means health services provided by a health care professional for an established clinical condition that is expected to last a year or more and that requires ongoing clinical management attempting to restore the individual to highest function, minimize the negative effects of the condition, prevent complications related to chronic conditions, engage in advanced care planning, and promote appropriate access to palliative care.

    (3) “Chronic care management” means a system of coordinated health care interventions and communications for individuals with chronic conditions, including significant patient self-care efforts, systemic supports for licensed health care practitioners and their patients, and a plan of care emphasizing prevention of complications, utilizing evidence-based practice guidelines, patient empowerment strategies, and evaluation of clinical, humanistic, and economic outcomes on an ongoing basis with the goal of improving overall health.

    (4) “Global payment” means a payment from a health insurer, Medicaid, Medicare, or other payer for the health services of a defined population of patients for a defined period of time. Such payments may be adjusted to account for the population’s underlying risk factors, including severity of illness and socioeconomic factors that may influence the cost of health care for the population.

    (5) “Green Mountain Care” means the public-private universal health care program designed to provide health benefits through a simplified, uniform, single administrative system pursuant to 33 V.S.A. chapter 18, subchapter 2.

    (6) “Health care professional” means an individual, partnership, corporation, facility, or institution licensed or certified or otherwise authorized by Vermont law to provide professional health services.

    (7) “Health care system” means the local, State, regional, or national system of delivering health services, including administrative costs, capital expenditures, preventive care, and wellness services.

    (8) “Health insurer” means any health insurance company, nonprofit hospital and medical service corporation, managed care organization, and, to the extent permitted under federal law, any administrator of a health benefit plan offered by a public or a private entity. The term does not include Medicaid or any other State health care assistance program financed in whole or in part through a federal program.

    (9) “Health service” means any treatment or procedure delivered by a health care professional to maintain an individual’s physical or mental health or to diagnose or treat an individual’s physical or mental condition, including services ordered by a health care professional, chronic care management, preventive care, wellness services, and medically necessary services to assist in activities of daily living.

    (10) “Integrated delivery system” means a group of health care professionals, associated either through employment by a single entity or through a contractual arrangement, that provides health services for a defined population of patients and is compensated through a global payment.

    (11) “Manufacturers of prescribed products” shall have the same meaning as “manufacturers” in section 4631a of this title.

    (12) “Payment reform” means modifying the method of payment from a fee-for-service basis to one or more alternative methods for compensating health care professionals, health care provider bargaining groups created pursuant to section 9409 of this title, integrated delivery systems, and other health care professional arrangements, manufacturers of prescribed products, medical supply companies, and other companies providing health services or health supplies for the provision of high-quality and efficient health services, products, and supplies while measuring quality and efficiency. The term may include shared savings agreements, bundled payments, episode-based payments, and global payments.

    (13) “Preventive care” means health services provided by health care professionals to identify and treat asymptomatic individuals who have risk factors or preclinical disease, but in whom the disease is not clinically apparent, including immunizations and screening, counseling, treatment, and medication determined by scientific evidence to be effective in preventing or detecting a condition.

    (14) [Repealed.]

    (15) “Wellness services” means health services, programs, or activities that focus on the promotion or maintenance of good health.

    (16) “Accountable care organization” and “ACO” means an organization of health care providers that has a formal legal structure, is identified by a federal taxpayer identification number, and agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of the patients assigned to it.

    (17) “Health care spending estimate” means the estimate established in accordance with section 9383 of this title.

    (18) “Net patient revenues” has the same meaning as in 33 V.S.A. § 1951. (Added 2011, No. 48, § 3, eff. May 26, 2011; amended 2011, No. 171 (Adj. Sess.), § 6, eff. May 16, 2012; 2013, No. 79, § 20, eff. Jan. 1, 2014; 2013, No. 96 (Adj. Sess.), § 117; 2015, No. 113 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2018; 2017, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. May 22, 2018; 2019, No. 55, § 3a, eff. June 10, 2019.)