News from MeHI
June 2020
HIE Spotlight Story: Family Doctors
The Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) establishes a consolidated and secure immunization record for Massachusetts residents based on vaccination data sent by care providers.

Family Doctors, a physician practice that offers a variety of comprehensive services to North Shore communities, has sent immunization data to the MIIS for its patients via the Mass HIway since 2017. In 2019, the practice implemented a new workflow to also pull the consolidated immunization data for their patients from the MIIS. This connection enables the practice physicians to evaluate the consolidated immunization data of their patients, which reduces the risk of over- or under-immunization.
Happening Today:
Supporting Family Caregivers
During COVID-19
As a co-founder of the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition, MeHI is proud to co-host the Coalition's Supporting Family Caregivers During COVID-19 webinar series. The webinars are designed to raise awareness, share stories, and provide practical resources to support volunteer family caregivers.
The third webinar in the series, Addressing Caregiver Challenges Associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia during COVID-19 , will be held on Thursday, June 25 th from 2:00-3:00 pm . June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and we are honored to convene leaders to address the challenges facing caregivers during these unprecedented times. 
Register here , view the recordings from the first two webinars in the series here , or visit the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition website to learn more. 
Medicaid Updates
Program Year 2019 Deadline Extended to August 31, 2020
For healthcare organizations, the highest priority right now is to ensure the safety of employees and patients while addressing the pandemic. As a result, resources have been stretched thin and organizations have been unable to allocate time and resources to their EHR Incentive applications.

To allow EPs more flexibility and additional time to submit their Program Year 2019 applications, we are pleased to announce that a deadline extension has been approved. The new PY2019 deadline is August 31, 2020 .
As you finalize your PY2019 application, we recommend using the following tools and resources:
As always, please feel free to reach out to our Technical Assistance Team with any questions.
API Attestation Guide
The API Attestation Guide for Program Year 2019 can help you navigate the complexities of attesting to Measure 1 of Objective 5, Patient Electronic Access. The guide is designed to assist you in meeting the API requirements, ensure the accuracy of your supporting documentation, and save time by helping you get it right the first time.
Webinar: Timelines for
PY2020 and PY2021
Join us for a webinar on the timelines for Program Year 2020 and Program Year 2021. During this session, we will explain the accelerated program timelines, adjusted attestation windows, and important deadlines for Program Years 2020 and 2021. We will also clarify exactly what participating Eligible Professionals need to do to successfully participate in the final two years of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

The same information will be presented at all three sessions, so you only need to register for one.
Tuesday, July 21
Thursday, July 23
Thursday, August 6
Spotlight on Cybersecurity
COVID-19 Cybersecurity Resources
The coronavirus pandemic has not hindered the activity of cyber criminals. If anything, it has emboldened them to take advantage of the crisis and put a new spin on their scams. The team at the MassCyberCenter is working to raise awareness, share news, and compile resources so healthcare organizations can better protect themselves. Learn more about the MassCyberCenter's efforts and available resources here.
Mass HIway Updates
Attestation Deadline Extension
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) recently issued an Administrative Bulletin, AB 20-47, to give Provider Organizations additional time to meet submission requirements of the Mass HIway Regulations (101 CMR 20). These extensions align with the recent delays issued by the federal agencies overseeing health information exchange.
The following changes have been made:

  • Attestation deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020
The new attestation window will run from August 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

  • Acute Care Hospital Year 4 fines are waived
In 2019, Acute Care Hospitals were in Year 4 and were required to send and receive use cases using HIway Direct Messaging by December 31, 2019. EOHHS is waiving fines for Acute Care Hospitals that did not meet this requirement. However, these organizations are still expected to submit attestation or exception forms by December 31, 2020.

  • ADT Requirement has been extended to January 1, 2021
Acute Care Hospitals will be required to submit ADT data to a Certified Event Notification Service (ENS) vendor by January 1, 2021.
If you have any questions, please email or call 1-855-MA-HIway (855-624-4929).