Washington State Health Information Technology

News - Clinical Data Repository and HealthIT in Washington State

During early January 2016 providers who are contracted with one or more of the five managed care organizations to care for Apple Health enrollees assigned to managed care received a FAX/letter from their MCO(s) with a letter from HCA.
The text of the “Provider Requirement Letter" announced the upcoming implementation of an HCA clinical data repository during 2016, with provider participation required by those providers who meet all three of the following criteria:
  1. Is your organization part of a Managed Care Organization, providing care for Apple Health enrollees assigned to managed care?
  2. Does your organization/clinic have an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system? (instead of paper records)
  3. If you answered yes to question #2, does this EHR have 2014 certification (as determined by the Office of the National Coordinator)?
  4. For assistance in answering these questions, please use the Decision Tree.

If you are required, or if you are interested in joining in these efforts please visit Register with the HIE and begin readiness process for the CDR.

A one hour recorded message from HCA Leadership (Dorothy Teeter, MaryAnne Lindeblad, Nathan Johnson and Dr. Charissa Fotinos) about the CDR that will help you understand:

  • What is Washington State’s HealthIT Five Year Plan as it relates to the Clinical Data Repository and increasing the electronic sharing of clinical records between authorized providers across the state
  • Why was this developed and why at this time
  • Who benefits from the information included in this CDR
  • Why is this presented as a clinically-based effort and not just as an Information technology (IT) effort?
YouTube Link for this recorded message is found at: https://youtu.be/gTZpi0KfTac

WALink4Health Vendor Familiarization Presentation

With the HCA announcing the provider participation requirement in the upcoming implementation of the HCA clinical data repository, the recorded webinar is available for Electronic Health Record vendors to provide more information in support of the provider requirement.
YouTube link for this recorded message is found at: https://youtu.be/1Lu_5Zr10-E

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Upcoming Events

February 12, 2016 - Evergreen Health System – CDR/EHR Conversation

February 12, 2016 - University of Washington Medicine – CDR/EHR Conversation

February 2016 - Upcoming Washington State Hospital Association Webinar – CDR/EHR conversation, including the Statewide HIE (Health Information Exchange)

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Important EHR Attestation Information

Avoid the EHR MU Medicare Penalty:

If you are a Medicaid provider and planning on attesting to Meaningful Use for 2015 but are unable to due to system updates by the state - you can register your intent at CMS. For more information, please read the EHR MU Medicare Penalty Alert.

2016 is the last year to start participating in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program

If you are a qualifying provider type as listed below, you may qualify to receive $21,250 for your first year of attesting to AIU and $8,500 for each additional year you attest to MU. Program Year 2016 is the last year to begin the program. Starting in 2017, we will no longer accept new providers.

Visit the CMS website for more information on 2015 program requirements

To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs in 2015, CMS has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.


Naturopaths are now eligible for the Electronic Health Record Incentive program. If you have questions, please contact HealthIT@hca.wa.gov

AIU and MU Documentation Webinar 

To learn more about EHR documentation, requirements, and instructions, please watch WA EHR Incentive Payments: AIU and MU Documentation.