Best Practices in Sharing Behavioral Health Data & Chronic Care Management

Best Practices in Sharing Behavioral Health Data & Chronic Care Management

April 30, 2019

Slides and recording of 4.30.19 webinar featuring eHI webinars and a congressional updates.

This month we are excited to feature the work of a New York HIE, Healthix, offer congressional perspectives on opioid abuse and privacy, and highlight key findings and best practices discovered through eHI's 2018 workgroup presentations and discussions.

The eHI Workgroups were busy last year bringing together thought leaders from across the industry to examine best practices in chronic care management. Leslie Kelly Hall, VP, LifeWIRE Corp, Morgan Honea, CEO, CORHIO, and Al Kinel, President, Strategic Interests, LLC, will give participants a look at key findings that provide a solid basis for the business case for health information technology in chronic care management.

Todd Rogow, President and CEO, Healthix, will give the HIE perspective on strengthening behavioral health-data exchange in the realm of 42 CFR Part 2, and the challenges of privacy and security considerations. 

West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin has been invited to discuss 42 CFR Part 2. His legislative assistant, Audrey Smith, is joining the call.

Webinar Highlights:

Senator Manchin's LA, Audrey Smith, provided an overview of legislative action regarding substance abuse:

  • West Virginia has seen over 70,000 overdose deaths and are trying to educate Capitol Hill on issues around 42 CFR Part 2.
  • Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will introduce the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act legislation to help bring the regulations governing substance use treatment disorder records in better alignment with the privacy rules and protections for other medical records.

Healthix provided best practices of sharing sensitive PHI from 42CFR Part 2 Programs:

  • Providing a full picture of a patient often includes access to current clinical and mental health data.
  • Healthix, a large publicly funded New York HIE, manages vast data sets, including sensitive PHI from 42 CFR Part 2 Programs and was recently awarded HITRUST CSF certification.
  • Healthix is committed to patient privacy and has built controls that comply with federal and state standards to facilitate the electronic exchange of health information for special needs populations.
  • See Healthix's Qualified Service Organization Agreement template on eHI's resource center.

The 2018 eHI workgroups reviewed TEFCA Draft 2 and provided key takeaways from their exploration of best practices in using HIT to manage patients with chronic conditions:

  • The importance of access to data for transitions of care as patients move across care settings
  • The ideal approach to enable interoperability includes many solutions, depending upon referral network, EMRs, public HIEs, etc.
  • Patient matching & data quality are key to reliable data and impactful interventions
  • Organizations are gaining traction with new data sources: Claims, SDOH, PGHD
  • Innovative providers are utilizing data for AI, care management, patient engagement, etc.
  • Successful integration is emerging for providers with payers and MCOs
  • There needs to be a technical and policy approach to how we achieve these functionalities, including leveraging FHIR