California Health Information Exchange Onboarding Program (Cal-HOP) will
provide $50 million in state and federal funding to Qualified Health
Information Organizations (QHIOs) to support Medi-Cal providers’ access and use
health information exchange (HIE) 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.
Program Description & Provider Requirements
Cal-HOP, QHIOs will support providers and hospitals in connecting their
electronic health records to QHIOs to
enable the exchange of admission, discharge, and transfer messages; connect to
the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES); and
implement advanced data exchange interfaces. The funding provided by Cal-HOP
will greatly reduce the cost of onboarding to QHIOs for provider practices and
be eligible for participation in Cal-HOP, interested provider organizations
must hold a valid contract to serve Medi-Cal recipients, demonstrate sufficient
staff and technical resources to meet Cal-HOP basic technical milestones, and
enter into an agreement with a QHIO to complete onboarding services under the
opportunities under Cal-HOP will be available through September 2021. Providers
are encouraged to contact their local QHIO for further information.
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 additional HIOs are approved.
The deadline for interested HIOs to
participate in the qualification process was set for August 15, 2020. Due to
the accelerated time frame to complete implementation of the Cal-HOP program,
the Department is no longer able to accept applications from new HIOs seeking
consideration as a qualified health information organization (QHIO).
QHIOs which have been accepted as
participants in the Cal-HOP program have met previously defined qualification
criteria including demonstrated technical capacity to provide onboarding
support to providers, support from existing community partners and provider
organizations seeking to implement HIE interfaces under Cal-HOP, and current
participation in the California Data
Use and Reciprocal Sharing Agreement (CalDURSA) and the California Trusted
Exchange Network (CTEN). As a condition of their qualification, all QHIOs have
demonstrated good standing as California based, not-for-profit organizations.
continue to monitor this Cal-HOP website for updates.
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.
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
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 Approved Interfaces
Cal-HOP Onboarding Plan Guide
Cal-HOP Onboarding Plan Sample Template
Cal-HOP Sample Letter of Interest Template