To be launched in early 2020, the California Health Information Exchange Onboarding Program (Cal-HOP) will provide funding to assist Medi-Cal providers access and use health information exchange technology to improve the quality and effectiveness of care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Cal-HOP will:

  • Increase the number of Medi-Cal providers that can exchange patient data via a Health Information Organization (HIOs);
  • Expand the data-exchange capabilities of Medi-Cal providers already participating in HIOs; and
  • Facilitate Medi-Cal providers' access to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) prescription drug monitoring database.

Cal-HOP Updates

March 20, 2020

The Department has published a list of Health Information Organizations (HIOs) who have met qualification requirements for the Cal-HOP Program and are eligible for participation. Updates to the list will be published as additonal HIOs are approved.

March 12, 2020

On February 25, 2020, the Department received notification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that its request for enhanced federal funding to support the Cal-HOP program was approved. 

Qualification criteria for HIOs has been released and is posted on the Cal-HOP website along with an accompanying QHIO checklist.  HIOs interested in participating in the Cal-HOP program should review the qualification criteria and submit the signed QHIO checklist along with supporting documentation demonstrating they meet the qualification criteria.   

Efforts are underway to secure Cal-HOP management support services. More information will be posted in the coming days.

Please continue to monitor this Cal-HOP website for updates.  

Cal-HOP Webinars

At the January 8, 2019 “HIE Onboarding and Interoperability Summit” workshop, DHCS provided an overview of Cal-HOP. More information on the Cal-HOP overview held during the HIE Onboarding and Interoperability Summit is available in this Cal-HOP Workshop document

As a follow up to the workshop, DHCS hosted two webinars to explain and answer questions regarding Cal-HOP requirements, key components, funding and timelines. The slides and transcript from the Webinars are available below.

Program Description & HIO Requirements

On February 22, 2019, the Webinar addressed questions from the California Health Information Organizations (HIOs). 


Cal-HOP Description & HIO Requirement slides 

Cal-HOP Description & HIO Requirement transcript 

Program Description & Provider Requirements

On March 1, 2019, the Webinar addressed questions from Medi-Cal provider organizations. 


Cal-HOP Description & Provider Requirement slides

Cal-HOP Description & Provider Requirement transcript

Cal-HOP Documents

Letter of Interest - As a condition to qualification for participation in the Cal-HOP program, HIOs must submit letters of interest from 25 qualified provider practices (including a minimum of 2 hospitals). The following letter may be used as a template for these letters.  Please note: HIO​s will need to demonstrate a contractual relationship between themselves and qualified providers when submitting requests for funding.​

Qualified Health Information Organization Requirements - In order to qualify for Cal-HOP funding, HIOs must meet the organizational, technical and reporting requirements listed in this document. 

Qualified Health Information Organization Checklist - This checklist corresponds with the above listed criteria. It should be signed and submitted along with all required supporting documentation to the Cal-HOP inbox at HIEOnboard@dhcs.ca.gov or by mail to:
Attention: Raul Ramirez
Department of Health Care Services
Office of Health Information Technology, MS 0004
1501 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cal-HOP Approved Interfaces

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