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This program is part of Passport to Health for Medicaid or Healthy Montana Kids Plus members. HIP uses nurses and health coaches to help Passport members with serious health problems obtain and coordinate the services they need to maintain or improve their health.

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Health Improvement Program

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What is the Health Improvement Program (HIP)?

This program is part of Passport to Health.  HIP uses nurses and health coaches to help Passport members with serious health problems.  The goals of the program are to:

  • give you help and information you need to take better care of yourself
  • prevent health complications
  • help you get social and health services when you need them
  • help you work better with your doctor and other specialists
  • teach you ways to improve your health

Who is eligible?

All Medicaid members who are eligible for Passport to Health will be enrolled in HIP.  Many will never use HIP services.  If you currently have chronic health conditions or are at high risk for serious health issues, your information will be provided to a HIP Care Manager who serves your county.  You can also refer yourself if you feel overwhelmed with serious health conditions and need help. 

Who are the HIP Care Managers?

The HIP Care Managers  work for community and Tribal health centers across the state.  There are 14 health centers covering all 56 counties. 
Map of the centers and the counties they serve
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What types of things can HIP Care Managers  help me with?

  • HIP Care Managers  will start with a health review – this is a good way for both you and your Care Manager to see where you are and where you need to go
  • Together you will create a care plan to help you reach your health care goals
  • Health reviews will be updated after in-person and/or telephone visits to check on progress
  • Care Managers  will give you ways to learn about how to manage your health condition by yourself or support that may help you
  • HIP can let you know about resources near you such as social services, housing, or transportation that help you follow your care plan and reach your health goals
  • If you need to go to the hospital, your HIP Care Manager  can help you manage things before and after your hospital stay - They will call or visit you when you get home to make sure you have what you need

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Are you a Montana Passport Doctor?

Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids Plus
Health Improvement Program

What is the Health Improvement Program (HIP)?

HIP provides or coordinates services for Medicaid Passport patients to prevent or slow the progression of disease, disability and other health conditions, prolong life and promote physical and mental health.

Image of doctor with patientWho is eligible?

All Medicaid members who are eligible for Passport to Health will be enrolled.  Those members who currently have chronic health conditions or are at high risk for serious health issues will have their information provided to a HIP Care Manager who serves in that county.

Your current Passport patients will stay with you for their primary care, but are eligible for care management through one of the HIP service providers.  These service providers will work with you and your patient to help carry out your treatment plan by coordinating services and removing barriers.

What are some of the services available to my patients?

Nurses and health coaches certified in Professional Chronic Care will

  • conduct health assessments
  • work with you to develop care plans
  • educate patients in self management and prevention
  • provide pre and post hospital discharge planning
  • help with local resources
  • and remind patients about scheduling needed screening and medical visits

Who are the HIP service providers?

The HIP service providers are community and Tribal health centers.  There are 14 health centers covering all 56 counties. 
Map of the centers and the counties they serve.

How does HIP benefit my practice and my patients?

Coordinating patient care often goes beyond what can be provided in your office and perhaps beyond what you may be aware of.  HIP Care Managers maximize your treatment recommendations by working with your patients living and social arrangements, transportation issues, financial limitations as well as other medical complications.  They work with you and your patient to create a comprehensive personalized plan to help your patient meet their health care goals. 

Referral Form for referring a member to the Health Improvement Program

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Page last updated 06/06/2014