​ Cal-HOP

To be launched in 2019, 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

September 30, 2019

The Department has submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for enhanced federal funding to support the Cal-HOP program.  CMS is very supportive of the effort, and has requested further information and clarification from the department on a number of issues.  DHCS is continuing to work with CMS to address these issues.

Concurrent efforts are underway to secure Cal-HOP management support services.  Procurement notification is expected later this fall.

Qualification criteria for HIOs are expected to be released soon after approval has been obtained from CMS.  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, HIO’s 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.

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