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."

This website is organized for the ease of the user — tools and resources under each tab were chosen to meet the needs of a specific stakeholder audience.  These resources include documents, useful links, references, and videos.

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News & Publications 

January  2015 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host two informational sessions to announce a funding opportunity that will support pilots to improve access and continuity of care for patients in opioid treatment programs (OTPs). The pilots will implement health information technology (HIT) to assist patients in sharing their health information with other providers to provide improved continuity of care in the event of an emergency or other service disruption. These pilots will incorporate the Data Segmentation for Privacy (DS4P) standards. The information sessions will present an overview of the opportunity, followed by a questions & answer session.  The request for applications for this program will be formally released on February 15, 2015.

For more information on DS4P:

December 2014 On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released its Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The Plan identifies specific goals and strategies for leveraging interoperability to advance health information exchange and improve health and healthcare. The Plan also sets the context for ONC's upcoming Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, to be released in 2015, which will define how the federal government and the private sector will approach health information sharing. ONC is accepting comment on the Plan until February 6, 2015, which can be submitted here. Attached is the press release announcing the Strategic Plan, as well as the complete Strategic Plan itself. 

November 2014 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

10/23/2014 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...

10/23/2014 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

08/04/2014 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.

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  •  CHILI

    The California Health Information Law Identification (CHILI) search tool assists in identifying California statutes and regulations related to the privacy, access, and security of individually identifiable health information.

  •  Security Tool

    The HIPAA Security Toolkit is designed to assist medium to small providers with understanding HIPAA security standards requirements and for them to ascertain their organization’s HIPAA security needs.

    Security Tool
  •  MMPA

    The Model Modular Participants Agreement (MMPA) is a tool that is intended to help reduce the cost barrier associated with the development of individual contract language for organizations seeking to participate in electronic health information exchange.

  •  HIPAA Authorization Form

    The HIPAA Authorization for Release of Information Form is for use by California persons and organizations when releasing individually identifiable health information.

    HIPAA Authorization Form
  •  Patient Authorization Guidance Tool

    The Patient Authorization Guidance Tool is designed to help healthcare providers determine when they need to obtain a patient's authorization to send that patient's information to another provider for treatment purposes.

    Patient Authorization Guidance Tool