News from MeHI
April 2021
Massachusetts Sandbox Spotlight:
PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
PracticePoint is WPI’s membership-based healthcare development and testing facility located in Worcester’s Gateway Park. It’s a place to advance healthcare technologies and launch new medical, cyber, and physical systems. The facility is one of the nine sandboxes in the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Network. MeHI Director Laurance Stuntz recently sat down with Christopher Nycz, Research Scientist at PracticePoint, to discuss PracticePoint’s capabilities, its role as a Sandbox, and new opportunities for digital health companies. See what Christopher had to say here.
Mass HIway Spotlight Story:
Boston Home Health Aides
Home health care agencies provide skilled nursing care as well as other services such as physical therapy, speech-language therapy, and medical social services. Maintaining swift and accurate communication with physicians is vital to help the caregiver do their job correctly. Many home health care agencies still rely on fax machines, phone calls, and hand-delivering critical medical documents between the hospital or health center and the patient’s provider and the caregiver. These methods can be prone to transmission errors or significant delays in patients receiving necessary treatment.
Developing a secure Direct Messaging connection between hospitals and home health agencies can mitigate many of these concerns. Implementing an electronic workflow between the hospital and the home health agency allows the agency and its caregivers to receive accurate documents more quickly than faxing or phone calls. Boston Home Health Aides is actively pursuing such collaboration with healthcare organizations. Read more here.
Upcoming Webinar:
Event Notification Service (ENS)
As part of its efforts to promote health information exchange, the Mass HIway, a program of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), created the Statewide Event Notification Services (ENS) Framework to facilitate the provision of ENS across the Commonwealth to improve health care delivery, quality, and care coordination. The Statewide ENS Framework seeks to promote Admission, Discharge, and Transfer (ADTs) data sharing; increase access to ENS for providers of all sizes; streamline the provider experience by allowing for single submission and single reception of data; and to improve the timeliness of data exchange.
Certified ENS Vendors

In accordance with 101 CMR 20.11, EOHHS has contracted with the following vendors to participate in the Statewide ENS Framework as Certified ENS Vendors. These vendors will be responsible for collecting ADTs and providing notifications to subscribers:

Collective Medical Technologies: website
Contact: David Kimball
Telephone number: 801-473-8848
PatientPing: website
Contact: Elizabeth Weber
Email address:
Telephone number: 518-598-3628
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The webinar will cover what ENS is and how the Statewide ENS Framework works. We will highlight advantages of using the framework and provide use case examples. The presentation will showcase the certified ENS Vendors and summarize the certification process. We will also explain how Massachusetts providers, as well as clinical and support staff, can subscribe to an Event Notification Service to receive patient alerts.
Upcoming Webinar:
Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition
The MassTech Collaborative and the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition invite you to register for Innovations in Caregiving: From Unmet Needs to Measurable Outcomes, to be held on April 29th at 1:00 pm. The session is the next webinar in the “Innovations in Caregiving” virtual series, and builds on the series theme of leveraging innovation to reveal unmet needs and catalyze immediate impact for caregivers. The April discussion will feature three Massachusetts companies: Torchlight, iRobot, and the human capital firm Leading Indicator Systems. Moderated by MeHI Director Laurance Stuntz, the webinar will trace a journey from uncovering unmet needs, to scaling a solution across families of employees, to driving measurable outcomes amidst unprecedented pressures brought on by COVID-19.
If you have any questions regarding the April virtual event, the Mass Caregiving Initiative, or the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition, please email Judy Iwanski at
Thursday, April 29, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Attest Now for Program Year 2021
MAPIR is now open for Program Year 2021 (PY2021) applications. To attest to PY2021, you will need to select a 90-day MU Reporting Period that falls between January 1, 2021 and August 3, 2021. The deadline for PY2021 is August 3, 2021.

For PY2021, Eligible Professionals do not need to have their application from the prior Program Year approved and paid before they can launch a new application. You can launch your PY2021 application even if your PY2020 application is not yet approved.

Per the HITECH Act, all Medicaid EHR Incentives must be paid by December 31, 2021. To be paid on time, applications must be validated and approved by mid-October 2021. To minimize application cycling, review the Supporting Documentation guide to ensure all required supporting documentation is uploaded prior to submittal.

To learn more about the timelines for the final year of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, join us for one of the webinars below.
Wednesday, April 28
Noon - 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 9
Noon - 1:00pm
We encourage you to speak with a Technical Assistant or Analyst to gain insight about how to attest correctly the first time and reduce application cycling. Our experts are here to help make your final attestation year as seamless as possible. We are waiting to assist you. Contact us today at 855-627-7347 or send an email to

As you prepare for a PY2021 attestation, review the resources below: