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Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program
About the Program
 
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will support new connections between critical Medicaid providers and community-based HIEs that provide meaningful HIE opportunities and play a vital role for Medicaid in a community. Critical Medicaid providers for this program include behavioral health providers, oral health providers, critical physical health providers, and others (full list coming soon). Health information exchange is critical to health system transformation. HIEs facilitate the secure access and exchange of health information, allowing providers, patients, and other participants to electronically share patient information. This reduces the need for patients and providers to provide information again when they go to a different clinic or specialist, wait for records to be faxed, or carry records by hand. Referrals, coordination of care, and transitions of care are faster and more accurate. The program will be funded by 90 percent federal HITECH funding. 

Program updates​


May 16, 2017
Informational webinar - June 6

Please join us on June 6 at 1:00 p.m. for an informational webinar about the planned Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program, which will support new connections between critical Medicaid providers and community-based HIEs. We want to hear your thoughts! This webinar will delve into the details of the program design and will be the final opportunity to provide feedback before the draft procurement instrument for the program is sent to CMS for review. The webinar will assume that participants have some familiarity with health information technology (HIT), HIE, and the Oregon HIT/HIE landscape. Participants will receive written materials in advance and should review the background materials before the webinar if possible. 



January 13, 2017
Update: HIE Onboarding Program Request for Information from HIE Entities
 
On December 13, 2016, OHA released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information from organizations operating an active health information exchange (HIE) in Oregon. OHA asked such entities to provide information to assist with the development of criteria which may be used in possible future procurements related to the HIE Onboarding Program.
 
The RFI was publically announced and posted on the ORPIN website (see story below). It closed at noon on December 30, 2016. The text of the RFI is available here. If you have further questions about the RFI or program, please email Kristin Bork at kristin.m.bork@state.or.us.
 
 
December 14, 2016
Request for Information from Health Information Exchange Entities


​The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Office of Health Information Technology has posted a Request for Information (RFI) OHA-1038-16 (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) on the state's procurement and contracting site, ORPIN.

 

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit information from organizations operating an active health information exchange (HIE) in Oregon. This RFI is for information gathering purposes in order to assist with criteria which may be used in possible future procurements related to the HIE Onboarding Program (HOP). The HOP will help Medicaid providers meet multiple Meaningful Use objectives and promote the exchange of health care information among Oregon providers.

This program relates to the guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the State Medicaid Director letter (16-003) on February 29, 2016.

 
The RFI OHA-1038-16 and related tables can be found within the ORPIN system. If you do not have an ORPIN account, please use this guide to set one up.
 
The RFI will close on December 30, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (PST).
 


October 19, 2016
HITECH HIE Onboarding Update - New Guidance

OHA is in the planning phase for a new Health Information Exchange (HIE) Onboarding Program. The program will help accelerate the onboarding of Medicaid providers and clinics to existing and emerging health information exchanges.

 
In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a State Medicaid Director letter updating the guidance for how states can use HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) funds for advancing health information exchange.
Under the new guidance, federal funding is available at the 90 percent matching rate for activities which promote health information exchange for any Medicaid provider (including behavioral health, long term care, corrections, etc.), so long as those activities enable eligible providers meet meaningful use requirements. States are responsible for covering the remaining 10 percent.
 
OHA’s Office of Health IT will be working with stakeholders and partners to define Oregon’s efforts. Once finalized, Oregon must submit its proposal for the HIE Onboarding Program to CMS for review and approval.
 
Once approved by CMS, OHA will formally announce the program, including eligibility, criteria, application process, and timelines. OHA anticipates funding will be available in 2018. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to continue to check our website for more details in the coming weeks.
 
 
Download the program summary.
 
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