Public Reporting Guidelines
Data sharing is very important for the DHCS. DHCS has adopted a commitment to hold ourselves and our providers, plans, and partners accountable for performance as part of our strategic plan. As part of this commitment we have adopted a strategy to report publicly on our performance as a Department. DHCS has also made a strong public commitment to maintain a culture of privacy and security. All personally identifiable information is protected, and DHCS complies with federal law; specifically, the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule contained in the HIPAA and its regulations, 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, and the Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations 42 CFR Part 2. DHCS is also committed to complying with California state privacy laws (e.g., Welfare and Institutions Code section 14100.2, the Information Practices Act, CA Civil Code section 1798, et seq.). In order to achieve both of these goals (public reporting and protection of personally identifiable information), procedures that appropriately and accurately de-identify data when publicly reporting are necessary.
The DHCS Data De-identification Guidelines (DDG) v2.1 is based on the CalHHS DDG, which is focused on the assessment of aggregate or summary data for purposes of de-identification and public release. The DHCS DDG v2.1 replaces the Public Aggregate Reporting for DHCS Business Reports v2.1.
DHCS Data De-identification Guidelines (DDG) v2.1
CalHHS Data De-identification Guidelines v1.0