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1 Data Sharing Agreements TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 2009 Data Protection Seminar TMA Privacy Office

2 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 22 Data Sharing Agreements Purpose The purpose of this presentation is to review the role of the TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) Privacy Office, the current Data Use Agreement (DUA) process, and provide an update on the status of the data sharing restructuring initiative

3 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 33 Data Sharing Agreements Objectives Upon completion of this presentation, you should be able to: Explain the role of the TMA Privacy Office in authorizing access to Military Health System (MHS) corporate data Understand the current DUA process Recognize the status of the data sharing restructuring initiative

4 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 44 Data Sharing Agreements Role of the TMA Privacy Office The role of the TMA Privacy Office is to authorize use and disclosure of Military Health System (MHS) data that are owned and/or managed by Health Affairs (HA) and TMA and ensure compliance with applicable privacy regulations, including: DoD R (implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule) DoD R (implementing the Privacy Act of 1974) DoD R (implementing the HIPAA Security Regulations) There is a separate process managed by Defense Health Services Systems (DHSS) that is required in order to obtain access to information system applications

5 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 55 Data Sharing Agreements Who Must Submit a Request? A person or entity that seeks to obtain MHS data that are owned and/or managed by HA and TMA must submit a request to the TMA Privacy Office A person or entity seeking data from the Army, Navy, or Air Force data must direct their request to the respective service as follows: Army DUA Submissions: Navy DUA Submissions: Air Force Submissions:

6 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 66 Data Sharing Agreements Current Types of DUAs Two types of frequently used DUAs Protected Health Information (PHI) and Beneficiary Encrypted Files De-Identified Files

7 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 77 Data Sharing Agreements Overview of Current Process The term DUA is currently used in a broad sense and includes different types of agreements for the sharing of MHS data The purpose of DUAs under the current structure is to: Serve as an agreement between a recipient of MHS data and the TMA Privacy Office Document compliance with DoD regulations and applicable privacy laws Identify the minimally necessary data required to meet a specific data request Outline the permitted uses and disclosures

8 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 88 Data Sharing Agreements Restructuring Initiative

9 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 99 Data Sharing Agreements Purpose of the Restructuring Initiative To more closely align the data sharing process with DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD R) To streamline the process and provide more targeted data sharing agreements, and To enhance regulatory compliance and accountability

10 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 10 Data Sharing Agreements Focusing on the Different Needs Who is the recipient? DoD, Government (non-DoD), Non-government Why is the request being made? Quality Assurance Research Maintenance of an MHS system Other – to be reviewed by the TMA Privacy Office

11 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 11 What data is used/disclosed? De-identified data Sensitive information Limited data set Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and/or Protected Health Information (PHI) Data Sharing Agreements Focusing on the Different Needs (continued)

12 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 12 Data Sharing Agreements Laying a Strong Foundation The TMA Privacy Office is analyzing all different types of data sharing requests in order to ultimately improve clarity, regulatory compliance, and ease-of-use; this has included: Taking a close look at research-related requests and collaborating with others Streamlining collaboration with DHSS to help expedite access Reviewing different needs and requirements for de-identified data, limited data sets, quality assurance purposes, health care operations, managed care support contracts, public health, etc. Clearly identifying contract verification needs for business associates Updating the current System Assurance Questionnaire

13 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 13 Data Sharing Agreements Next Steps Reformat the current DUA (interim step) Finalize the System Security Verification, which will replace the current System Assurance Questionnaire Continue collaboration and effort to finalize an improved process for research-related requests Complete a data sharing questionnaire which will lead to different agreements and verifications, as required, to meet all needs within the three Ws (slide 10) Explore the use of Health Program Analysis & Evaluation Division (HPA&E) web portal for launching the new restructure

14 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 14 Data Sharing Agreements Summary You should now be able to: Explain the role of the TMA Privacy Office in authorizing access to MHS corporate data Understand the current DUA process Recognize the status of the data sharing restructuring initiative

15 TRICARE Management Activity HEALTH AFFAIRS 15 Data Sharing Agreements Resources DoD R, DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation, January 2003 DoD R, DoD Privacy Program, May 14, 2007 DoD R, DoD Health Information Security Regulation, July 12, 2007


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