A grant program is trying to help doctors, clinics and hospitals in rural California link to HIEs, so patients being referred for specialized care in urban areas can have their medical history follow them.
The private online HIX is set to partner with federal exchanges to bring consumers another enrollment channel, and the company says its also offering states a free interface to create more ladders into the insurance pool.
The time has come to tackle integrity of health information, not just the technical and operational mechanisms for the sending and receiving it, particularly as EHR kinks get ironed out both among internal users and the patients they serve.
State officials have released a draft of model agreements aimed at offering HIEs and their participants a "scalable trust" that fits with multiple HIE models and also helps them comply with HIPAA's new business associate provisions.
The mobile application, which emphasizes preventive care benefits and services covered by the Affordable Care Act, is intended to empower individuals to be more engaged in improving and maintaining their family's health.
A report examining the well-known Utah Department of Health data breach found an increasing correlation between people whose data has been breached and victims of fraud -- which is where financial institutions might be able to play a more proactive role.
Arizona used $9 million in federal funding toward an HIX. But that was before it decided not to build its own marketplace. At least 7 other states have made similar decisions after spending federal grants. Here's where that money went.
In a Senate hearing, CCIIO outlined the agency's work trying to "transform the insurance market," while the director of Connecticut's HIX called shared responsibility "the hallmark of reform" and a young cancer patient recounted her story of coverage denials, bureaucratic wrangling and high debt.
As public HIXs race to meet IT deadlines, advertising and outreach should also be priorities if they want to duplicate Massachusetts' enrollment successes, according to the MA Connector's former director.