Sunday, January 27, 2013

CHeQ Announces New Funding

The California Health eQuality (CHeQ) program managed by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) has announced two new funding opportunities to support development of the HIE in the state. RFPs will be posted on the IPHI website no later than January 31, 2013 with completed proposals in both categories due on February 28, 2013.

The first award funding announcement the “Rural HIE Incentive Program” will establish an ongoing mechanism and structure so that rural medical communities may evaluate and contract with pre-selected HIE service providers. CHeQ will award contracts to a small number of HIE service providers to subsidize implementation of HIE services for qualifying rural healthcare providers.

Applicants must describe and price their services for directed exchange and/or query-based exchange with an option to address services enabling patient access to information. CHeQ has allocated up to $1,000,000 for this program and anticipates making awards to as many as five HIE service providers.

The second funding announcement the “Innovation in Data Analytics Awards” will provide funding to HIOs and provider organizations to implement data analytics tools to better manage shared patient populations served by three or more unaffiliated healthcare provider organizations or systems.

These electronic tools should support health maintenance, disease prevention services, chronic disease management and they should align with emerging care delivery and value-based payment models such as Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations.

CHeQ is especially interested in projects that focus on high impact conditions and/or medically underserved populations but will consider all relevant proposals. CHeQ has allocated $300,000 for up to 2 Innovation in Data Analytics Awards.

CHeQ anticipates releasing RFPs for two additional award programs in February. One of these awards will support expansion of HIE for the urban safety-net in Los Angeles County, and the other award will address the exchange of data to support care coordination for medically complex populations such as Medicare Medicaid dual eligible beneficiaries.

An informational webinar will be held on Monday February 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm on the Rural HIE Incentive Program and at 2:00 pm for the Innovation in Data Analytics Awards . Dial in instructions will be posted on the CHeQ funding opportunities webpage.