Chapter 7.58
SANTA CRUZ-MONTEREY-MERCED MANAGED MEDICAL CARE COMMISSION

Sections:

7.58.010    Established.

7.58.020    Purpose.

7.58.030    Membership.

7.58.035    Membership composition.

7.58.040    Bylaws.

7.58.050    Quorum.

7.58.060    Status and power of the Commission.

7.58.080    Reports.

7.58.090    Vacancies.

7.58.100    Severability.

7.58.010 Established.

Pursuant to California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 14087.54, there is created the Santa Cruz-Monterey-Merced Managed Medical Care Commission. This Commission is a tri-county commission representing Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced Counties. The Santa Cruz-Monterey-Merced Managed Medical Care Commission shall be established effective on that date that all three counties have in effect substantially similar ordinances creating the Commission and a quorum of said Commission’s members have met to conduct its initial public meeting. Upon the establishment of the Commission, all of the rights, duties, privileges, and immunities vested in Santa Cruz County by Welfare and Institutions Code Section 14087.5 et seq. (Division 9, Part 3, Chapter 7, Article 2.8) are instead transferred to and vested in the Commission, and shall continue to be so vested until Santa Cruz County formally terminates its participation in the Commission. Any action to terminate participation must be preceded by a 90-day notice to the other member counties and notice to the State Department of Health Services as set forth in Welfare and Institutions Code Section 14087.54(g). [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.020 Purpose.

(A)    The purpose of the Commission is to negotiate exclusive contracts with the California Department of Health Care Services and to arrange for the provision of health care services to qualifying individuals in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and Merced County who lack sufficient annual income to meet the cost of health care, and whose other assets are so limited that their application toward the cost of health care would jeopardize the person or family’s future minimum self-maintenance and security, pursuant to Chapter 7 of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

(B)    The Commission shall design and operate a program that:

(1)    Delivers primary care via a contracted provider network which significantly improves access to primary care and related specialty and ancillary services for enrolled Medi-Cal recipients;

(2)    Includes mechanisms for assuring that Commission-financed medical care services meet appropriate quality of care standards;

(3)    Incorporates a plan of service delivery and implements reimbursement mechanisms which will promote the long-term viability of a locally operated Medi-Cal managed care system and participating “safety net” providers herein defined as Medi-Cal disproportionate share hospitals, County clinics and licensed community clinics;

(4)    Implements a financial plan which includes the creation of a prudent reserve within three years of commencing operations, and which provides that if additional surplus funds accrue, they shall be used to expand access, improve benefits and augment provider reimbursement;

(5)    Gives a high priority to increasing prevention, education, and early intervention services for enrolled recipients;

(6)    Ensures that all program obligations, statutory, contractual or otherwise, shall be the obligations of the program and shall not be the obligations of Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, Merced County or the State;

(7)    Implements programs and procedures to ensure that a high level of member satisfaction is maintained.

(C)    The Commission shall also be authorized to contract with public insurers, payors or plan sponsors to offer and/or administer their health care programs and to contract with private insurers or plan sponsors to administer their health care programs. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.030 Membership.

(A)    The Commission shall consist of 21 voting members, seven of whom shall be legal residents of the County of Santa Cruz appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Cruz County, seven of whom shall be legal residents of Monterey County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County, and seven of whom shall be legal residents of Merced County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Merced County. The Commission shall be generally representative of the diverse skills, backgrounds, interests, and demography of persons residing in all three counties.

(B)    Each member of the Commission shall have a commitment to a health care system which seeks to improve access to high quality health care for all persons, regardless of their economic circumstances, and which in fact delivers high quality care, and which in fact is financially viable. Members of the Commission shall likewise have an abiding commitment to, and interest in, a quality publicly assisted health care delivery system.

(C)    The 21 voting members shall include:

(1)    One member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, one member of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, and one member of the Merced County Board of Supervisors;

(2)    The Health Services Agency Administrator of Santa Cruz County, the Health Director of Monterey County, and the Director of Public Health of Merced County, or a representative of each respective agency nominated by the Administrator or Director;

(3)    Two persons representing providers from Santa Cruz County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Cruz County, two persons representing providers from Monterey County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County, and two persons representing providers from Merced County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Merced County. Of the two provider representatives from Santa Cruz County, at least one shall be a representative of a nongovernmental community clinic;

(4)    A hospital representative from Santa Cruz County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Cruz County, a hospital representative from Monterey County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County, and a hospital representative from Merced County appointed by the Merced County Board of Supervisors;

(5)    Two public representatives of the population of beneficiaries to be served by the Commission from Santa Cruz County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Cruz County, two public representatives of the population of beneficiaries to be served by the Commission from Monterey County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County, and two public representatives of the population of beneficiaries to be served by the Commission from Merced County appointed by the Board of Supervisors of Merced County. Of the two persons from Santa Cruz County, at least one shall be a past or present Medi-Cal beneficiary.

(D)    Commissioners shall be appointed by majority vote of the Board of Supervisors of the respective county. Any Commission member may be removed from office by a four-fifths vote of the Board of Supervisors of the County originally appointing that member.

(E)    Commissioners appointed by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors shall serve terms of four years, with the exception of the initial selection of members. The majority of the Commission members initially appointed by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors shall serve terms commencing on April 1st of the year in which the fourth district supervisor begins a full term. The remaining members initially appointed shall serve terms commencing on April 1st of the year in which the fifth district supervisor begins a full term. The initial appointment terms shall be drawn by lots. At the conclusion of a term, a member may be reappointed to a subsequent four-year term. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.035 Membership composition.

The Board of Supervisors declares that the individuals representing the hospital industry, physician profession and nonphysician health care providers appointed to the Commission are intended to represent and further the interests of said industry, profession and providers, and that such representation and furtherance will ultimately serve the public interest. Accordingly, the Board finds that for purposes of determining whether any such Commissioner has a “financial interest” within the meaning of Government Code Section 87100, the industry, profession, and providers are tantamount to and constitute the public generally within the meaning of Section 87103 of the Government Code. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.040 Bylaws.

Procedures for the conduct of business not otherwise specified in this chapter, including provisions for the creation of standing committees, shall be contained in bylaws adopted by the Commission and submitted to the Board of Supervisors of each County for final approval. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.050 Quorum.

A majority of the appointed members of the Commission (excluding any positions that are vacant) shall constitute a quorum, and no act of the Commission shall be valid unless a majority of those members appointed and not disqualified from voting due to a conflict of interest concur therein. Any act of the Commission shall be accomplished by a roll call vote when such a vote is requested by any member in attendance. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.060 Status and power of Commission.

(A)    The Commission shall be considered an entity separate from the County of Santa Cruz, the County of Monterey, and the County of Merced. The Commission shall have all of the powers made available generally to commissions under Welfare and Institutions Code Section 14087.54. The Commission shall have the power to acquire, possess, and dispose of real or personal property, as may be necessary for the performance of its functions, to employ personnel and contract for services to meet its obligations, and to sue or be sued. Any obligations of the Commission, statutory, contractual, or otherwise, shall be the obligations solely of the Commission and shall not be the obligations of the County of Santa Cruz, the County of Monterey or the County of Merced.

(B)    Prior to approving an initial managed medical care system plan, the Commission shall submit a proposed draft plan to each respective Board of Supervisors for their review and comment, and shall consider any comments or recommendations made by each Board of Supervisors thereafter, before submittal to the State or execution by the Commission, the Commission shall submit to each respective Board of Supervisors for their review and comment: (1) the initial managed medical care system plan, as approved by the Commission, (2) any amendment to the system plan, and (3) any contract with the California Department of Health Care Services for the provision of health care services. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.080 Reports.

(A)    The Commission shall submit an annual report to each respective Board of Supervisors and County Administrative Office on or before January 31st of each year. The report shall highlight the activities, accomplishments, and future goals of the Commission.

(B)    Any of the respective Board of Supervisors may request that the Commission submit progress reports and recommendations at any time. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.090 Vacancies.

Vacancies occurring in the Commission shall be filled by the Board of Supervisors of the appointing County for the remainder of the unexpired term only. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].

7.58.100 Severability.

The provisions of this chapter are severable. If any section, paragraph, sentence, phrase, or word of this chapter is declared invalid for any reason, that decision shall not affect any other portion of this chapter, which shall remain in full force and effect. [Ord. 5032 § 1, 2008].