May 07, 2013 16:37 ET

California Seeks Comment on Updated Model Participants Agreement Which Aims to Accelerate Health Information Exchange

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) today announced the release of an updated Model Modular Participant Agreement (MMPA). A 30-day public comment period is now open through June 6, 2013.

The agreement and background on the MMPA can be accessed on the CalOHII website: Following publication of the MMPA Release 1 in 2012, CalOHII received input from over one hundred stakeholders. Based on this feedback and the need to comply with the January 2013 release of the federal HIPAA omnibus final rule, an MMPA task force crafted an updated business associate contract. The task force also revised other MMPA language to assure that it continues to meet the diverse requirements of agreements among health information organizations (HIOs).

The task force will develop additional MMPA modules as needed so it can be applied to the entire continuum of approaches in use for health information exchange.

"Point-to-point agreements are obsolete. Trust must be scalable," noted Robert Cothren, PhD, Technical Director of California Health eQuality (CheQ). "The MMPA helps identify a common set of processes that organizations working together can voluntarily adopt. When everybody starts using them, then we will have a path to scalable trust."

The MMPA supports uniformity in agreements among HIOs and other health care stakeholders by establishing minimum standards that enable both large and small organizations to efficiently establish data agreements and participate in health information exchange.

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