On, July 8, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1062 into law. Act 76 of 2016 creates the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program within the Department of Human Services and repeals Act 121 of 2012.
Under Act 76, the work previously carried out by the Authority continues, with the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N) operating effectively unchanged--including the provider directory, consent management process, P3N certification process, and health information organization grant programs. Also with the passage of Act 76, the old Authority Board is disbanded, and a new Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Advisory Board is to be appointed within 90 days of the enactment of Act 76.
Additional updates about the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Program within DHS will be posted as they become available.
A new web page, “Choose Your HIO: A Guide for Healthcare Providers,” offers a side-by-side look at the contacts, provider types served, structure, services provided, service areas, and financial/fee structure of each of the state’s P3N-certified health information organizations (HIO). It is based on questionnaires completed by the HIOs in late 2015, and will be updated periodically. The page includes a scrollable chart of HIOs, companion downloadable Excel and PDF versions of the chart, and recommended questions that healthcare providers should consider when pursuing affiliation with an HIO. The page is available at www.paehealth.org/ChooseYourHIO.
Click HERE for Information on Choosing an HIO
Click HERE for 2015 HIO Survey Results
If a patient’s healthcare provider is connected to the Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (P3N) through a certified health information organization (HIO), that patient’s information is automatically available to other P3N-connected providers. However, a patient may opt out of the sharing of his or her information in the P3N by completing a P3N opt-out form. In addition, a patient who has previously opted out may opt back in by resubmitting the form through his or her healthcare provider or directly to the eHealth Partnership.
Click HERE for Opt-Out/Opt-Back-In Form/Information
Any organization interested in onboarding to the PA Patient & Provider Network (P3N) must be certified with the eHealth Partnership. Organizations seeking Health Information Organization (HIO) certification must enable exchange between at least two unaffiliated provider and/or payer (private or public) organizations, and enable users to satisfy health information exchange-related Meaningful Use requirements, if applicable. Details about certification and P3N onboarding are at the link below.
Click HERE for P3N Certification Requirements, Agreements, and HIO Fee Schedule