HIE Dashboards Align With California’s Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Program

Oct. 10, 2023
SacValley MedShare prioritized the onboarding of behavioral health organizations to the HIE and developed two analytics dashboards

SacValley MedShare, a Northern California health information exchange, has launched analytic dashboards to support California's behavioral health providers in meeting the requirements of the state’s Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Program.

The dashboards are designed to provide clinicians with critical clinical insights derived from the data across the many diverse care sites that participate in the HIE. This promotes improved health outcomes and health equity for patients through focused and informed care coordination based upon near real-time longitudinal clinical data.

The CalAIM Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Program (BHQIP) is an incentive payment program to support Mental Health Plans, Drug Medi-Cal State Plans and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery Systems (also referred to as County Behavioral Health Plans) as they prepare for changes in the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative and other approved administration priorities. Each County Behavioral Health Plan can earn incentive payments in the CalAIM BHQIP by completing deliverables tied to program milestones. Funds may be used at each county's discretion to accomplish CalAIM requirements including but not limited to: staffing, technology and infrastructure, contracting, training and/or technical assistance.

In pursuit of BHQIP's goals and deliverables, SacValley MedShare prioritized the onboarding of behavioral health organizations to the HIE. The two new analytic dashboards, Behavioral Health Measures and Behavioral Health Alerts, are available within HQ Insights, a KONZA National Network product offering tailored to an organization's specific needs. The dashboards allow provider organizations to view, analyze and enhance the management of patient populations.

Kansas-based KONZA is one of the first organizations to onboard as a candidate Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) under the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

"SacValley prides itself on providing solutions and technology that improve health and ease the burden on the healthcare providers,” said John Helvey, executive director of SacValley Medshare, in a statement. “The onboarding of behavioral health organizations and developing and implementing Behavioral Health Measures and Behavioral Health Alerts showcase the integral role HIEs play in expanding data exchange for all patients."

SacValley serves a 24-county region, which includes the North Central Valley and the surrounding rural mountainous terrain.

With the launch of SacValley's behavioral health analytic dashboards, behavioral health organizations gain access to a wealth of healthcare information from all healthcare facilities where a patient has received care. They are designed to provide important clinical insights not previously available without HIE data. By implementing these analytic tools, organizations can align their efforts with BHQIP program objectives, ultimately positioning themselves for financial reimbursement linked to grant program-defined deliverables.

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