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Health Information Exchanges in Jails

New HIE Funding Opportunities for Corrections:
Health Information Technology’s Role in Reducing Mass Incarceration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 29, 2016 released a Dear State Medicaid Director letter which expanded the list of providers that could participate in the 90 percent federal matching funds (90/10) on state activities to promote health information exchange (HIE). The new expanded list includes correctional health providers. This addition is a recognition that coordinating care of individuals cycling through the criminal justice is an important contribution in assisting eligible Medicaid providers in the community to meet EHR Incentive objectives of Meaningful Use

To coincide with this announcement, COCHS is disseminating a new issue paper by COCHS CIO Ben Butler, New HIE Funding Opportunities for Corrections: Health Information Technology’s Role in Reducing Mass Incarceration. In this paper, Ben outlines the potential of HIE to vastly improve connectivity between community and correctional healthcare and possibly help reduce mass incarceration. Read more...

Health Information Exchange between Jails and Their Communities:
A Bridge That Is Needed under Healthcare Reform

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This article, published in AHIMA's Prespectives in Health Information Management, examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) on the adoption of health information technology in correctional environments --especially the role of health information exchange in breaking down silos between jail health care and community health providers.

Author
Ben Butler, COCHS

Health Affairs Publishes Ben Butler's Letter:
Health Information Exchange and Jails

In the June, 20 issue of Health Affairs, Ben Butler, responds to a March 2015 Health Affairs' article, Despite The Spread Of Health Information Exchange, There Is Little Evidence Of Its Impact On Cost, Use, And Quality Of Care, by Saurabh Rahurkar and coauthors. In his letter, Ben suggests that jails offer an interesting opportunity to test the efficacy of health information exchange (HIE) for improving the health of a very vulnerable population.