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Use Case Onboardings – December

Published: 1/11/2021 -  MiHIN is pleased to announce the following organizations have onboarded to use cases and now sharing various types of data, statewide through the health information network.  To learn more about a use case, click on the link provided.   Active Care Relationship Service Reliance ACO Tandem365   Admission, Discharge, Transfer Notifications Bronson Healthcare Group Oakland Physician Network Services (OPNS) Reliance ACO   Ambulatory CCDA Ascension Borgess Hospital (MIKAL) Aspirus Health Beaumont Health System Hypertension Nephrology Associates   Lab Orders-Results Arctic Medical Laboratories Aurora Diagnostics Pathology Laboratory Catalyst Diagnostic LLC. Oakland Physician Network (OPNS) Otsego Memorial Hospital RCA Laboratory Services LLC (DBA Genetworx) Warde Medical Laboratory   Longitudinal Record (LOR) Aurora Diagnostics Pathology Laboratory   Medication Reconciliation Northern Physicians Organization (NPO)   Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Huron Valley Physician Association (HVPA) Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC)...


USQHIN – An Alternative Nationwide Health Information Network 

Published: 1/11/2021 -  USQHIN – An Alternative Nationwide Health Information Network The United States Health Information Network (USQHIN), a wholly owned subsidiary of Velatura Public Benefit Corporation, has been launched in response to pending federal regulatory guidelines as outlined in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). USQHIN seeks to offer an alternative nationwide health information network, focused on rationalizing interstate data exchange at national scale.   The 21st Century Cures Act mandates that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) establish a TEFCA to enable health information exchange across disparate networks. Some of the stated goals set by the ONC include providing a single “on-ramp” for nationwide connectivity; ensuring the integrity and security of data as it is delivered where and when needed and be scalable across the country. The draft document...


Proposed Changes to HIPAA and the CMS Interoperability Rule

Published: 1/8/2021 -  While the pandemic has remained the top priority in the U.S. healthcare landscape, it has highlighted the importance of interoperability and the key challenges that exist to coordinated care. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and sub-agency, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  recognized these gaps and expedited efforts to resolve them by rolling out two key initiatives. In December, HHS proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule and CMS expanded the CMS Interoperability Rule to include Prior Authorization. In an unprecedented act, HHS has proposed significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The basis for many of these changes are to increase sharing for covered entities so they will better be able to coordinate care amongst themselves and with...


Announcing the PHI Consent Tool Video Series

Published: 1/8/2021 - In 2019, The Michigan Health Endowment commissioned Altarum to develop the PHI Consent Tool to help providers navigate the complexity of consent and confidentiality regulations around the release and exchange of protected health information (PHI). The new PHI Consent Tool Video Series is designed to complement the PHI Consent Tool and to help Michigan stakeholders better understand how to navigate the Tool. It also covers complex scenarios such as PHI sharing in the cases of domestic violence, substance use information, and minor’s PHI. The new video series and the updated PHI Consent Tool, which now includes references to the most recent legislative changes, including the CARES Act, are available on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' website: To stay up to date with the latest...


The MiHIN Operations Advisory Committee

Published: 1/8/2021 - The MiHIN Operations Advisory Committee (MOAC) was formed in 2013 to create a governance structure that allows stakeholders from across the state that have signed our Qualified Data Sharing Agreement to provide feedback, guide MiHIN operations and advance statewide solutions. We regularly convene a group of approximately 40 stakeholders for a quarterly meeting along with ad hoc Taskforces and Meet-Ups as needed. These MOAC members bring together diverse perspectives to create a shared vision for improving statewide health information exchange and develop valuable tools for relieving burdens in healthcare. Statewide conformance is MOAC’s first taskforce and continues to be active with a total of 18 organizations representing health plans, hospitals/health systems, physician organizations, and associations. This work represents the multi-stakeholder outreach loop MiHIN’s mission is...


Reflecting On 2020

Published: 11/30/2020 -  The end of a historical year will soon be upon us. Even as we continue to navigate the challenges that this year has brought, there is much for which to be thankful. It is my pleasure to connect with you on behalf of all of us at MiHIN, Velatura, The Interoperability Institute, and USQHIN to offer our warmest wishes for a safe, happy, and enjoyable time of celebration.    2020 has been a period of significant challenge and personal hardship for the many organizations and people we serve. The MiHIN Group has only been able to successfully respond to the rapid change and growing demands because of the committed and collaborative relationships we are fortunate to share with our stakeholders in Michigan and across the...


State Of Interoperability Among Major U.S. Cities

Published: 11/30/2020 -  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ONC Data Brief | No. 53 | October 2020 State of Interoperability among Major U.S. Cities Yuriy Pylypchuk, PhD & Christian Johnson, MPH Approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population and more than 90 percent of the nation’s physicians reside in urban areas. While cities are central to many cultural, economic, and transportation activities, these densely populated and interconnected centers can become vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks and other health crises...


Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services Named Internship Employer of the Year

Published: 11/30/2020 -  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information, contact: Emily Mata |Marketing & Communications Manager Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services 517.745.8835 Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services Named Internship Employer of the Year  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN),  a public and private nonprofit collaboration dedicated to supporting the statewide exchange of health information, has been named Internship Employer of the Year by the Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Programs...


Conditions of Participation

Published: 11/30/2020 -  Over the past few months, MiHIN has been closely tracking the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoP) requirements for Admissions, Discharge, and Transfer (ADT) messages. When a “final rule,” also known as a regulation, is released from the federal government, it gives agencies the authority they need to impose requirements on certain healthcare players. For example, when the CMS Final Interoperability Rule was released earlier this year, it imposed requirements on payers and hospitals to meet various requirements. One of these requirements placed a mandate on all hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and critical access hospitals to send ADT messages. While it may seem straightforward to place a requirement on entities within the healthcare community, the challenge comes when agencies are required...