The Health Care Authority (HCA) is building the Link4Health Clinical Data Repository (CDR) to allow providers to access certain Medicaid patient clinical records from other providers and facilities. Participation is mandatory for hospitals and other Medicaid providers that have a certified EHR.
While the first implementation date has passed, HCA is allowing time-based extensions with the understanding that some vendors have not enabled participation. The HCA contractor, OneHealthPort, is working with vendors to move each to a state of readiness to share information with the CDR. As part of efforts to remove barriers to CDR participation, OneHealthPort is offering a $600 one-time discount for providers who are required to participate in the first stage of the CDR rollout and who meet specific criteria.
When fully implemented, the CDR will allow providers to access certain Medicaid patient clinical records from other providers and facilities. The CDR, which will also include claims and demographic data, could be a tool for hospitals and providers in population health management. (Zosia Stanley)