March 2019
MeHI Spotlight Story: CBHI
The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) requires clinicians who offer behavioral health services to children and youth to submit data from their periodic Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessments to MassHealth.
In the past, providers had to enter CANS assessments twice. To resolve this, CBHI collaborated with MeHI and qualified behavioral health EHR vendors to develop CANS interfaces to make the process more efficient.
Twelve pilot sites observed significant decreases in processing time and errors. Since the completion of the successful pilot, additional vendors and behavioral health providers have also implemented the new automated CANS process.
The 2019 World Medical Innovation Forum
Where AI meets Clinical Care
The World Medical Innovation Forum is a global gathering of more than 1,700 senior healthcare leaders in the heart of Boston. It was established to respond to the intensifying transformation of health care. The forum is rooted in the belief that no matter the magnitude of that change, at the center of health care needs to be a shared fundamental commitment to collaborative innovation by industry and academia working together to improve patient lives.

Monday, April 8, 2019 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Westin Copley Place Boston
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
5th Annual Summit
Aging Innovation Conference
On June 11, 2019, in collaboration with West Health, the University of Rochester will host the 5th annual Summit. The summit is a national forum for health and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, senior care advocates, and policymakers to exchange ideas, create new relationships, and foster disruptive technological and process innovations to improve the lives of the nation’s aging population.

On June 10, MeHI and AGENCY, the Cambridge Innovation Center's Global Longevity Collective, are collaborating with to host a special pre-summit event called " Transforming the Way We Care at the CIC in Cambridge, MA . This event will:

  • Identify key opportunities for the digital health industry to support the unique challenges of informal caregivers;
  • Provide a forum to hear from experts; and
  • Offer an opportunity to network with fellow attendees prior to the main conference

To attend the pre-summit event, registration and attendance for the Summit is required . Find more details about the summit, and how to register for both events, below. Summit

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 11 from 8:00am-5:00pm

State Room Boston
60 State Street, 33 rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Medicaid Updates
Submit Your 2018 Applications Now!
The Program Year 2018 deadline is April 3, 2019 and will not be extended this year.
All applications must be submitted by April 3rd, midnight! If your application is not received in the queue with a timestamp prior to midnight it will not be considered for review. Avoid missing the deadline and submit as soon as possible.
If you need assistance, please call 1-855-MassEHR (627-7347) to speak with a Technical Assistant (TA) or Analyst.
Program Year 2018 Checklist
As you prepare for the PY 2018 attestation process, make a checklist of the following items:

  • Confirm the dashboards of attesting Providers show thresholds are met;
  • Confirm your organization conducted the Security Risk Assessment within CY 2018;
  • Check that at least 5 clinical decision alerts were enabled for your attesting EPs;
  • Verify that the CQM dashboard reflects 365 days if the EP has attested to Meaningful Use at least once before, or 90 days if this is the first time;
  • Visit the MeHI website to stay informed of critical deadlines and obtain the most current forms; and
  • Review the 2018 Supporting Documentation Requirements (SDR).
If you have any questions or need clarification regarding the attestation process, don’t hesitate to contact a Technical Assistant or Analyst at 855-627-7347 .
Clinical Quality Measure
Reporting Requirements
To attest to Meaningful Use (MU), Eligible Professionals (EP) need to report six  Clinical Quality Measures  (CQMs). While the MU reporting period for Program Year 2018 is 90 days, the CQM portion has either a 365-day or 90-day reporting period depending on whether the EP previously demonstrated MU:

  • EPs who attest to MU for the first time need to report a 90 day CQM period;
  • EPs who previously demonstrated MU must report a 365 day CQM period.
Massachusetts does not accept eCQM submissions. To participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and receive an incentive, all EPs must manually report CQM data through the MU attestation process.
New ONC Tool: InteropSelect
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to launch a new website, InteropSelect, that uses crowdsourced reviews to improve transparency of interoperability service purchases. On the site, organizations can complete reviews of interoperability services, as well as easily search and compare reviews from others. InteropSelect was established through a cooperative agreement, called the Marketplace Transparency Project, between ONC and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
The ONC is inviting any organization that has purchased any of the following interface services to take a few minutes to complete an anonymous review:

  • Admit Discharge Transfer (ADT HL7v2)
  • Continuity of Care Document (CDA HL7)
  • Lab Results (ORU HL7v2)
  • Notes or Documents (MDM HL7v2)
  • Scheduling (SIU HL7v2)
To learn more and complete a review, visit the InteropSelect site .  
Mass HIway Updates
HIway Adoption and Utilization Support
(HAUS) Services
HIway Adoption and Utilization Support (HAUS) Services are provided by EOHHS, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, through the Mass HIway. The goal of HAUS is to help organizations implement HIE and leverage secure Direct Messaging to share healthcare information, such as discharge summaries, summaries of care, and referrals.

The services are provided by  HIway Account Managers  and fully funded by EOHHS. HAUS Services are available free of charge to providers who need to meet the 2019 HIway requirement, MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations, Community Partners, and Community Service Agencies, as well as organizations that wish to use Direct Messaging to support their care coordination efforts.