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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...

Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record in the New York City Jail System

Topic
The New York City jail system, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene oversees care delivery and was able to participate in and earn incentives through the Medicaid Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program. Despite the challenges of this program and other health information innovations, participation by correctional health services can generate financial assistance and useful frameworks to guide these efforts. Read more...

Meaningful Use In Corrections: Unknown Opportunities
Interest in meaningful use among correctional health services (including both in-house health care providers and contract providers) is manifesting itself at different levels. A few correctional health services have recently begun to participate in meaningful use. Others are thinking about it, while still others are pursuing plans to acquire and implement EHR systems associated with meaningful use, even though they do not intend to participate in the program.

However, jails face a serious obstacle to participating in meaningful use, which was not designed with jails in mind. But as the meaningful use program undergoes a period of adjustment and public comment,there is an opportunity both for jails to provide their input and make their challenges known and for policymakers to gain a better understanding of how they can make meaningful use more accessible to jails, thus promoting health care connectivity. Read more...

Author
Ben Butler
Chief Information Officer, COCHS