Funding Now Available to Support Health Information Exchange
Incentive payments of up to $10,000 per organization are now available to nursing homes, hospice programs, home care agencies, and behavioral health providers that connect and contribute data to their regional health information organizations (RHIOs). Titled the Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP), the initiative is funded through a combination of state and federal funds, with federal funds covering 90 percent of the costs. The goal of the program is to connect long-term/post-acute care (LTPAC) providers to hospitals and physician practices in order to support care coordination at transitions of care, reductions in avoidable hospitalizations, and improved outcomes. In order to qualify for incentive payments, LTPAC providers must meet all of the following criteria:
have an electronic health record (EHR) that is:
certified by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for privacy and security; and
able to transmit data in either the CCD or C-CDA format;
participate in Medicaid;
not be connected to a RHIO and contributing data prior to the availability of these funds; and
not have received funds from another source to create the connection with the RHIO.
Qualifying organizations will receive $2,000 upon signing a participation agreement with an RHIO and $8,000 when they attest that they have the ability to receive a summary of care document in C-CDA format, have established a digital connection to the RHIO, and are contributing the required clinical data to the RHIO. Limited funding is available, and the program is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.
More information about the program is available through the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), which has released a recorded webinar on the program. The webinar is available here.