CalOHII is committed to supporting secure health information movement in California.
The California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) continues to support better health outcomes in California. CalOHII Director Pamela Lane explains:
"CalOHII's work is focused on making confidential health information available when and where it's needed. In past years, the focus has been on the federal Health Information Exchange grant project to move patient information securely to providers, payers, and patients themselves. We are now focused on expanding those 'lessons learned' to coordinate data exchange among State departments that manage patient information."
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News & Publications
The HHS Office for Civil Rights has released HIPAA privacy guidance that covers the sharing of protected health data during emergencies. Patient authorization is not needed if the data to be disclosed is necessary for the treatment of patients. Only the minimum data should be disclosed, and the HHS secretary can suspend portions of the privacy rule during emergencies. Read: Patient Privacy Guidlines for Emergencies.
- DeSalvo Becomes acting Assistant Secretary for Health - Ebola
Dr. Karen DeSalvo will step down from her role as National Coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC), effective immediately, to become the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Lisa Lewis, ONC's chief operating officer, will now serve as the Acting National Coordinator at ONC.For further information...
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced an initiative that will fund successful applicants who work directly with medical providers to rethink and redesign their practices, moving from systems driven by quantity of care to ones focused on patients’ health outcomes, and coordinated health care systems. These applicants could include group practices, health care systems, medical provider associations and others. This effort will help clinicals develop strategies to share, adapt and further improve the quality of care they provide, while holding down costs. For further information
- Administrative Simplification: Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) Medical Data Code Sets
This final rule implements section 212 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 by changing the compliance date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for diagnosis coding, including the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) for inpatient hospital procedure coding, including the Official ICD-10-PCS Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2015.
It also requires the continued use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification, Volumes 1 and 2 (diagnoses), and 3 (procedures) (ICD-9-CM), including the Official ICD-9-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, through September 30, 2015.