The Health Current Board of Directors recently approved changes to the Health Current Permitted Use Policy and a new Minimum Necessary Standard Procedure, effective April 16, 2018. Additionally, the Board approved a new Data Submission Policy in the fall that formalizes the standards for the submission of data to Health Current.
Health Current recently sent a certified letter as a formal notice to all Health Current Participants of these updates, which are aimed at improving the functionality of Health Current’s health information exchange (HIE) and ensuring compliance with state and federal law.
Brief summaries of these documents are below.
Permitted Use Policy (Board Approved January 31, 2018) – This policy amends the current Permitted Use Policy to include the new Permitted Uses of payment and certain healthcare operations. The amended policy also establishes timeframes for how far back data can be accessed for certain use cases and aligns with the new Minimum Necessary Standard Procedure.
Minimum Necessary Standard Procedure (Board Approved January 31, 2018) – This procedure solidifies how Health Current ensures that Participants are in compliance with the HIPAA Minimum Necessary requirement.
Data Submission Policy (Board Approved September 26, 2017) – This policy documents the standards Health Current has in place for data submissions to which all Participants who contribute Data to the HIE must abide.
The Health Current Participation Agreement requires that Health Current provide Participants at least 30 days’ advance notice of material changes to Policies. As such, the new Permitted Use Policy and Data Submission Policy will take effect on April 16, 2018.
To provide further information about the new policies and procedure, Health Current will be hosting two educational webinars; March 28 and April 10 – to sign up, visit healthcurrent.org/events.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new policies or procedure, please contact your account manager.