Oklahoma HIE tries to mandate information reporting however fails

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Suppliers are now not required to share information with the state of Oklahoma’s newly operational well being info alternate. The revised guidelines await Governor Kevin Stitt’s approval.

WHY IT MATTERS

The Oklahoma Well being Care Authority initially required the state’s healthcare suppliers to add and share consenting affected person data within the statewide on-line database approved below the Well being Info Act. 

When psychological well being suppliers needed to be excluded from obligatory reporting to make sure affected person privateness, the company developed exemptions and submitted them to the state legislature in March.

Stitt rejected OHCA’s rule adjustments for the brand new HIE late final month, and, in consequence, all suppliers within the state had been now not required to share affected person information, in keeping with a current report on PoncaCityNow.com.

In accordance with this week’s announcement from OHCA, the board authorised new emergency guidelines that embody:

  • Broad exemptions that permit any supplier looking for an exemption to be granted one. 
  • Refined and added definitions.
  • Clarification on required participation.
  • Continued adherence to state and federal legislation relating to affected person disclosure and consent.
  • Outlined charges, together with participation payment, connection payment and grant funds to cowl connection charges.

THE LARGER TREND

In 2017, Oklahoma’s earlier HIE ceased operation attributable to competitors with one other HIE. 

When OHCA’s newly created Workplace of the State Coordinator for Well being Info Change first proposed guidelines as a part of Oklahoma Senate Invoice 1369 – formally, the Healthcare Transparency Initiative Act – in September, it was reportedly met with greater than 300 feedback. 

Earlier this month, Collin Walke, particular counsel with the regional authorized agency Hll Estill, instructed Fox 25 that the principles had been “too obscure.” 

In accordance with the report, Walke represents two licensed counselors who filed a lawsuit in opposition to the state on constitutional grounds.

“It was an unconstitutional legislation as a result of we had a constitutional provision in Oklahoma that claims residents and their suppliers can’t be compelled to take part in a healthcare system,” he mentioned.

ON THE RECORD

“OHCA is grateful for the suggestions of Oklahoma sufferers and suppliers in creating these emergency guidelines which inspires improved collaboration amongst completely different healthcare suppliers whereas defending a affected person’s proper to privateness,” the company mentioned within the assertion. 

“OHCA stays dedicated to making a streamlined, holistic healthcare method and enhancing well being outcomes for Oklahomans by way of the HIE.” 

Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT Information.
E mail: afox@himss.org

Healthcare IT Information is a HIMSS Media publication.

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