As of today, April 1, the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN) has merged with MHDC.In 1994, MHDC formed the Affiliated Health Information Networks of New England (AHINE). MHDC established AHINE to advance the use of information technology in improving the health status of the citizens of Massachusetts. AHINE served as a forum for the IT leadership of regional providers and payers and members of the healthcare IT service and product community to discuss common issues, share experiences, sponsor conferences, and develop white papers on current topics. AHINE enabled the regional IT leadership to develop close and effective working relationships, a critical contributor to that leadership's willingness to engage in the mutual development of NEHEN. In 1998, AHINE incorporated as NEHEN, a collaboration among payers and providers using a shared insurance EDI infrastructure to exchange transactions.
In many ways, NEHEN set the standard that MHDC upholds today – that collaboration among payers and providers in advancing shared data and technology priorities will achieve superior results, reduce costs substantially, and produce solutions that work for all. Before NEHEN, MHDC was a central data collection, dissemination, education, research, and analysis organization. AHINE, and then NEHEN, taught us a lot about how to collaborate effectively. With the merger, MHDC becomes a health data services partner for payers, providers, and patients. By assisting our community in advancing to a 21st century health data economy, we reduce our members' exposure to the risks of failing to comply with regulations as well as reduce investments in redundant and costly technologies and implementations that fail to meet their goals. We promulgate standards, engage industry leaders, and move as a group toward the common goal of a patient-centered health data system. MHDC's founder, Elliot Stone, envisioned MHDC achieving these goals and, were he alive today, I think he would be thrilled with the progress we have made. I know I am.
Be safe, and stay well.
Denny Brennan, Executive Director
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Join us for exclusive interviews with some of healthcare’s most recognized leaders as they reveal how and why they chose their careers, what they learned on their journey, and how to apply their insights to the everchanging future of healthcare.
Our first Vantage Point Series event features former President and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, Mark Ganz on April 20th from 1-3pm.
MHDC and NEHEN Events
In addition, the next DGC Deep Dive on Telehealth is today (April 1) from 2-3:30pm
Want to learn more about any of these meetings? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for our upcoming webinar Build or Buy: Acute Care at Home presented by Medically Home on April 8 from 1-2:30pm.
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The Data Governance Collaborative (DGC) at MHDC is a collection of payers and providers throughout the region exploring ways to better exchange health-related data incorporating industry standards and automation as much as possible.
The DGC expects to move to the implementation phase of the code mapping service soon. This system will be available to anyone (with a discounted rate for DGC members). We anticipate going live around July.
In addition to continuing our successful series of deep dives (the next one is today at 2pm on telehealth), the DGC is digging into demographic and other patient data, mapping it to US Core, and determining what we want to support above and beyond the minimum requirements. We will continue this process for additional types of data as part of our process of defining the next specification on our way to the planned one pot of data exchange.
We are still working on getting signed agreements in place for the electronic prior authorization (ePA) project. Once we do we'll announce the participants. We plan to keep everyone updated on the process so watch this space!We have also partnered with a company called Mettle Solutions to apply for an AHRQ grant involving setting up FHIR-enabled guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of urinary incontinence in women that can be integrated into standard provider EHR workflows and available to patients via a FHIR-enabled mobile app. This project leverages both data standardization and interoperability to improve patient care. Our approach can be reused both by additional provider and patient communities and for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of other conditions.
Membership in the DGC is open to any payer or provider with business in Massachusetts - big or small, general or specialist, traditional or alternative. Want to know more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEHEN (New England Healthcare Exchange Network) is now part of MHDC. NEHEN reduces administrative burden through the adoption of standard X12 (HIPAA transactions) for payer and provider trading partners. Existing NEHEN members will now be Affiliate members in MHDC with access to NEHEN services, forums, and events hosted by MHDC, as well as have the opportunity to participate with discounts in other Consortium efforts such as the Code Mapping Service, the Data Governance Collaborative and the Electronic Prior Authorization initiative. For information about NEHEN please contact us at email@example.com.
Spotlight Analytics Update
Spotlight Business Analytics helps your organization run custom analytics on health data such as analyses of market share, patient origin, disease prevalence, cost of care, and comparative costs and outcomes for acute care hospitals.
The Spotlight team is in the process of loading the Massachusetts (CHIA) Emergency FY19 data. Once it is loaded and ready for use, we will send out a notification to all users. We have just finished enhancements and updates to a new dashboard layout to make it easier to access the tools within Spotlight. The new dashboard is the home page and from there you can easily see each report as well as access custom reporting or your saved custom reports faster. You'll also notice the left hand side bar will have relevant links for quick access. For more information on these updates please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for our next Spotlight User Group meeting on Tuesday, April 27 at 2pm for our latest updates and any questions you may have. To receive login details please use the registration link above.
Our current status is:
Loaded and available for use:
Expected very soon: (CHIA has begun distributing this dataset)
Future planned data:
Please feel free to drop us a line with any questions or comments at email@example.com. In the meantime, thank you for being a Spotlight Analytics user and a member of this community! Feel free to visit our Spotlight Business Analytics page or email us at the address above for more information.
Interested in webinars and online conferences through April? Here are some we recommend (they're free unless otherwise noted):
Have an upcoming event next month to suggest? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org - no self-promotion please.
Event Notification: Massachusetts and Federal ADT Requirements
Before we go, here's a reminder of upcoming data exchange deadlines from ONC and CMS (including the CMS rule that's currently frozen, as noted by *):
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