Webinar on Demand: State Health Information Guidance: Sharing Behavioral Health Information in California
CHIA Product Code: WEB124
Webinar Date: September 19, 2017
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Sharing mental health and substance abuse health information between health care providers is a complex issue. The California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) has released the State Health Information Guidance (SHIG). The SHIG explains when, where, and why mental health and substance use disorder information can be exchanged and provides clarification of state and federal laws for non-state entities. The SHIG includes 22 case scenarios, derived from real user stories, clarifying how laws apply to actual situations that arise for health care providers. The SHIG is an authoritative, but non-binding guidance, from the State of California written in lay language for a general audience.
The SHIG is necessary because there is confusion about the law that creates major barriers to sharing patient information. Providers often default to not sharing information because of uncertainty, risk avoidance, and liability concerns, even when it is legal to share information among health care providers. The appropriate and legal exchange of patient information helps support the triple aim: improving patient outcomes, improving overall patient satisfaction, and improving efficiency and reducing costs for organizations.
The SHIG is broad in its scope, and is applicable to Physical Health Care Providers, Mental Health Care Providers, Substance Use Disorder Providers, Emergency Service Providers, Caregivers and Care Coordinators, Social Services, Law Enforcement, and Payers. The SHIG grew out of comprehensive research, drawing from the Advisory Group, a broad group of stakeholders that reflect cross-industry insights and experience, to get a clear understanding of the problems different groups were facing in the field. The result of the research is the SHIG, a guidance containing 22 scenarios derived from real user stories, which clarify how laws and statutes apply to actual situations that arise for health care providers.
The SHIG is a first step, laying the groundwork for an ongoing dialogue on how to improve appropriate sharing of health information. During this presentation, Elaine Scoradakis, CalOHII’s Assistant Director will provide an overview of the SHIG and how the guidance can assist your organization in sharing mental health and substance abuse information.
Assistant Director, California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII)
Elaine Scordakis is the Assistant Director of CalOHII within the California Health and Human Service Agency. She has statewide oversight responsibility ensuring HIPAA-impacted state departments conduct health transactions and safeguard health information in accordance with standards and policy, leading to a more efficient and cost effective way of delivering health care in state government. Previous to this position she was Administration Division Chief at CalOHII.
Elaine started her state career working as an analyst for the Medi-Cal program. Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Organizational & Human Resource Development.
Health Care Providers, Mental Health Care Providers, Substance Use Disorder Providers, Emergency Service Providers, Caregivers and Care Coordinators, Social Services, Law Enforcement, and Payers.
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This program is approved for 2 CEUs by AHIMA, AAPC and BRN. HIM Domain: External Forces.