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 additional 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

Cal-HOP Onboarding Plan Guide

Cal-HOP Onboarding Plan Sample Template

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