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1 Health Information Technology Oversight Council Legal and Policy Workgroup Meeting October 5, 2011 1-5pm 1

2 Legal & Policy Workgroup – October 5, 2011 1:00pmOpening and Meeting Objectives – Carol Robinson 1:10pmUpdates from the Office of Health IT (OHIT) – Carol Robinson » RFP for HIE technology services vendor underway » OHIT collaborating on CCO development 1:30pmHIE Consent Policy – Carol Robinson » Status update: administrative rules tabled » Legal & Policy Workgroup feedback on process moving forward 2:15pmNPRM on CLIA – Kahreen Tebeau » Summary of proposed changes and implications for HIE and labs in Oregon » Feedback from Legal & Policy Workgroup 3:15pmBreak 3:30pmHIE Participation Agreement – Kahreen Tebeau » Status Update » Process moving forward 4:30pmPublic Comment 4:45pmNext steps and closing comments 2

3 Meeting Objectives Obtain workgroup feedback on – 1.Process for moving forward with consent rules 2.Proposed changes to CLIA and any related policy needs 3.Feedback on sample participation agreement and process for completion 3

4 4 Updates from the Office of Health IT (OHIT) 1.RFP for HIE technology services vendor underway 2.OHIT collaborating on CCO development

5 5 OARs for Consent Policy Status update: the proposed rules to implement the opt-out consent policy were tabled per the Sept. 8 vote by HITOC Considerations taken into account: – Public comment during the OAR process indicated more time and engagement are needed to better understand the complexities of implementation – Need to align efforts with CCO development work – Phased approach to HIE beginning with Direct secure email allows more time to develop the consent rules for a more robust, query-based HIE environment – Consent management technology and solutions are still evolving nationally

6 6 OARs for Consent Policy: Questions and Issues Identified through the Public Comment Process Technical implementation: – Are all EHR/HIE systems currently in place technologically capable of applying a patient’s decision to opt out? – Which systems may have technical difficulty achieving this, and how prevalent is the use of these systems? – What is the developmental status of technical solutions for consent management in the national marketplace? Procedural implementation: – What is the most administratively efficient and effective method(s) for implementing informed opt out? – Which types of providers, entities, data-sharing relationships, and/or types of HIE should be subject to the rule? For example: Providers within IDNs/hospital systems/HIOs versus between them Direct Project-based secure email versus repository/query models of HIE

7 7 OARs for Consent Policy: Process for Moving Forward Who… needs to be at the table to provide information on these issues and questions? – Subcommittee of the Legal & Policy Workgroup? – Additional expertise needed? What should the process be… to engage this group to gather the information needed to produce a draft of the rules that will work to the greatest extent possible for patients and providers as a standard policy (prior to beginning the formal rules adoption process)? – Regularly scheduled meetings to review and offer feedback on progressive drafts? – How frequently should the meetings take place?- Monthly?

8 8 Notice of Proposed Rule Making for CLIA and HIPAA CLIA = Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Status quo: – HIPAA: establishes a right of access for patients to their own medical records, but has an exception to this access right for CLIA-certified or CLIA- exempt labs – CLIA: limits a lab’s disclosure of test results to 3 categories of individuals: 1.Person responsible for using the test results in a treatment context 2.A referring lab 3.An “authorized person” as defined by state law – Usually includes the ordering provider. Some states’ laws also include the patient in the definition of an authorized person to receive test results directly from the lab; some states’ laws do not permit this

9 9 Notice of Proposed Rule Making for CLIA and HIPAA Proposed changes: – To HIPAA: Remove the exemption for CLIA-certified and CLIA-exempt labs with respect to providing individuals access to their protected health information – To CLIA: Would allow a laboratory to provide patients with access to test reports when the laboratory can authenticate that the test report pertains to the patient. – Combined effect: Labs would be required to provide patients with their test reports if the patient requested them, and if the lab could authenticate the identity of the patient.

10 10 Notice of Proposed Rule Making for CLIA and HIPAA Current Oregon law –ORS 438.435: Requires a 7 day waiting period for a lab to provide test results directly to a patient, without written authorization from the ordering physician What effect might this have on Oregon law? –It ’ s not clear at this time whether the rules, if adopted, would have any impact in Oregon, because: Oregon law already allows the disclosure of lab test results directly to patients The NPRM does not specify a particular time limitation on how quickly a lab must provide the test results to patients after the request is made

11 11 Notice of Proposed Rule Making for CLIA and HIPAA Feedback sought from Legal & Policy Workgroup: Do you foresee any policy issues or needs arising out of: 1.Patients receiving and potentially interpreting their own lab test results 2.Lab compliance with the requirement to release results directly to patients 3.Labs, providers, and patients becoming informed about any changes

12 12 HIE Participation Agreement Last update: Initial draft created by subcommittee of Legal & Policy Workgroup led by Bob Thomson; based on Washington’s OneHealthPort agreement Current status: Since the creation of the first draft, several agreements have been finalized and made available from other states that were developed specifically for Direct messaging services- may be more applicable in the Oregon context

13 13 HIE Participation Agreement Process for completion of Oregon’s HIE Participation Agreement: – Tasks: 1.The Direct agreements need to be analyzed for usefulness/ appropriateness; 2.The current draft agreement needs to be modified to incorporate Direct-specific components and language; 3.The target date for the agreement to be finalized is Jan. 1, 2012. – Who should be involved in that process? – What should the process consist of? Any feedback from Workgroup on the Florida agreement?

14 Public Comment 14

15 15 Next Steps Next meeting of the Legal & Policy Workgroup or subcommittees of the Workgroup will be scheduled based on outcomes of today’s discussions on processes for moving forward with the consent policy and the HIE Participation Agreement.

16 Questions or Comments? Carol Robinson State Coordinator, Health Information Technology Administrator, Office of Health Information Technology 503-373-1817 (office) 503-856-6662 (cell) 16

17 Resources HITOC: (HIE Strategic and Operational Plans, meeting materials, list serve, other reports) O-HITEC: (Oregon’s Regional Extension Center for technical assistance relating to EHR adoption and meeting Meaningful Use) Oregon Health Network: (Executing on FCC Grant for Broadband expansion) Oregon Medicaid EHR Incentive Program: CMS Incentives: (Medicaid and Medicare payment incentive programs for Meaningful Use of EHRs Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT: 17

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