(1) The State Trauma Care Committee shall:
(a) meet quarterly to identify specific statewide trauma needs and to define corrective strategies;
(b) keep minutes and provide copies of those minutes to each Regional Trauma Care Advisory Committee;
(c) advise the department in the preparation of the annual trauma system report;
(d) assist in the development and oversight of the State Trauma System Plan; and
(e) approve the State Trauma System plan.
(2) The Trauma Care Committee must have a structure that addresses each of the following:
(a) trauma performance improvement;
(b) organization and emergency preparedness;
(c) trauma education;
(d) injury prevention and control;
(e) public advocacy and legislation; and
(f) designation of trauma facilities.
(3) The subcommittee of the State Trauma Care Committee responsible for designation of trauma facilities must review the site survey report and make a recommendation to the department regarding actions to be taken on the trauma designation application of a potential trauma facility.
(4) In accordance with 50-6-415, MCA, State Trauma Care Committee and subcommittee meetings are open to the public and the information presented is considered public information unless the committee or subcommittee determines that the meeting, or a portion thereof, will perform peer review and performance improvement activities, in which case:
(a) the meeting, or the relevant portion thereof, is limited to:
(i) members of the committee or subcommittee; and
(ii) guests who further the process of performance improvement, are invited by the Performance Improvement Subcommittee chairperson, and are approved by the Trauma Care Committee chairperson in advance;
(b) each committee or subcommittee member and guest must sign a form indicating they will not divulge any proceedings of the meeting, conversations during the meeting, or documents used during the meeting; and
(c) the minutes and the information presented, including all records and deliberations of the meeting pertaining to the peer review and performance improvement activities, are confidential and not discoverable.
(5) If a meeting is closed pursuant to (4), the committee or subcommittee may still develop summary reports, findings, and recommendations to the State Trauma Care Committee, Regional Trauma Care Advisory Committee, an individual Trauma Facility Trauma Program, or an individual health care practitioner.