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NC HIEA Update

With the storm now moving out of the state, much work remains to move displaced citizens back to their communities. At the time of this writing, over 15,000 residents in 150 shelters across the state wait for confirmation that they can return home.

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Friday, June 1, 2018, marked the first mandated deadline for the HIE Act (NCSL 2015-241 as amended by NCSL 2017-57) whereby hospitals, physcians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners with an electronic health record (EHR) system and who participate in Medicaid must have initiated a connection to NC HealthConnex, North Carolina’s designated statewide health information exchange network.

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Rural Health (ORH) and Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) partnered with the N.C. Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) to launch a program that will assist behavioral health, mental health, and intellectual development and disability practices with purchasing electronic health record (EHR) technology and establishing connectivity to the state-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex.

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The NC HIEA team will present two sessions at the upcoming annual conference of the North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Titled: From the Mountains to the Sea: Healthcare Innovation Across the Carolinas, this two-day event in Charlotte offers an excellent and economical opportunity to learn from and network with health care IT professionals to inspire innovation and improve health care delivery and technologies throughout the State.

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The NC Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) continues to grow its list of participating health care providers. To date we are pleased to report that 1290 facilities are live in production with NC HealthConnex.

For a complete list of NC HealthConnex participants, click here.

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Over 800,000 NC Veterans will have the chance to opt in for electronic health records

NC HealthConnex is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Information Exchange (VHIE) to make veterans’ health records available through a secure, standardized electronic system to private health care providers, ensuring up-to-date medical records for former service members are available no matter where they are treated.

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NC HealthConnex Linking Health Care Communities from the Mountains to the Coast

The NC Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA) is partnering with two regional health information exchanges (RHIOs)to enable health care providers to meet the state’s mandate while also promoting greater access to patients’ health records to improve patient care.

Mission Health System, located in the western region of North Carolina, and Coastal Connect, located in the southeastern region, are currently in the onboarding process with NC HealthConnex, the state-designated HIE.

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Poised for Growth

2017 Appropriations Act Addresses HIE Legislation

The North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives worked together to provide adjustments to the HIE Act in the 2017 Appropriations Act, North Carolina’s State Budget, based on input from the NC HIEA, NC DHHS, stakeholder trade associations and providers impacted by the law. Both the House and Senate have passed the budget, and it now heads to the Governor’s Office for further action.

Changes to the HIE Act are outlined below.

Connection Timeline Revisions:

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