Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 4. Fetal, Infant, Child, and Maternal Mortality Prevention Act

Local Fetal, Infant, Child, And Maternal Mortality Review Team

50-19-403. Local fetal, infant, child, and maternal mortality review team. (1) A local fetal, infant, child, and maternal mortality review team must be approved by the department of public health and human services. Approval may be given if:

(a) the county health department, a tribal health department if the tribal government agrees, or both are represented on the team and the plan provided for in subsection (1)(e) includes the roles of the county health department, tribal health department, or both;

(b) a lead person has been designated for the purposes of management of the review team;

(c) at least five of the individuals listed in subsection (2) have agreed to serve on the review team;

(d) a team reviewing a maternal death includes at least one obstetrician, one family practice physician, or one physician assistant whose experience includes obstetrical care; and

(e) the team has developed a plan that includes, at a minimum, operating policies of the review team covering collection and destruction of information obtained pursuant to 44-5-303(4) or 50-19-402(2).

(2) If a local fetal, infant, child, and maternal mortality review team is established, the team must be multidisciplinary and may include only:

(a) the county attorney or a designee;

(b) a law enforcement officer;

(c) the medical examiner or coroner for the jurisdiction;

(d) a physician;

(e) a school district representative;

(f) a representative of the local health department;

(g) a representative from a tribal health department, appointed by the tribal government;

(h) a representative from a neighboring county or tribal government if there is an agreement to review deaths for that county or tribe;

(i) a representative of the department of public health and human services;

(j) a forensic pathologist;

(k) a pediatrician;

(l) a family practice physician;

(m) an obstetrician;

(n) a nurse practitioner;

(o) a public health nurse;

(p) a mental health professional;

(q) a local trauma coordinator;

(r) a representative of the bureau of Indian affairs or the Indian health service, or both, who is located within the county;

(s) a physician assistant; and

(t) representatives of the following:

(i) local emergency medical services;

(ii) a local hospital;

(iii) a local hospital medical records department;

(iv) a local governmental fire agency organized under Title 7, chapter 33; and

(v) the local registrar.

(3) The designated lead person for the team shall submit membership lists to the department of public health and human services annually.

History: En. Sec. 3, Ch. 519, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 413, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 16, Ch. 449, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 67, L. 2013; amd. Sec. 15, Ch. 88, L. 2023.