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Health Information Exchange: Mobilizing Health Information to Improve Care

Product Code - LGN253
Speaker(s): Robert Belfort, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Jonah Frohlich, Manatt Health Solutions; Gregory J. DeBor, Manatt Health Solutions
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The faculty for this program will map the health information exchange (HIE) landscape as it stands today, nearly ten years after the creation of the Office of the National Coordinator. We will examine the mix of government initiatives and market forces driving us toward a health care system that harnesses the power of health information to support more cost-effective, higher-quality care.

The program will begin by tracing the history of HIE from the beginning of the modern era of HIE-related public policy in 2004 to today, focusing on key legislative, program, and adoption goals and milestones. It will then look forward to the future, exploring the state and federal actions we can expect and the policy decisions we still need to confront in the face of massive health care reform. In addition, the presenters will discuss the value and benefits HIE is bringing to enhance health care in three critical areas: (i) organizational efficiency and administrative savings; (ii) improved safety and effectiveness of care; and (iii) increased patient convenience and satisfaction.

We will also take a close look at key considerations for participating in HIE, providing insights into four domains that providers and their counsel must take into account when deciding how best to execute HIE strategies: governance, technology, finance, and privacy and security. Clear guidelines will be offered for planning and implementing HIE, including comparative analyses of current models and standards.

Lastly, we will take a “deep dive” into the regulations around sharing information among organizations for the purpose of patient care. The issues, challenges, and laws governing patient consent, disclosure of substance abuse treatment, data security, breach notifications, and insurance and indemnification will all be addressed. Attendees will be able to understand and navigate variations in state-level HIE privacy and security laws.

Educational Objectives:

• Gain an understanding of HIE approaches, technologies, and requirements as well as its emerging standards and certification processes.
• Be able to examine the value and benefits of HIE to all health care stakeholders and reveal how it can enable new care delivery models as well as improve cost efficiency, care quality, and the patient experience.
• Understand the evolution of HIE from its inception to its future, including federal and state efforts to accelerate expansion.
• Explore current activities to identify and promote good governance practices—the establishment and oversight of common behaviors, policies and standards to support trusted electronic HIE among a set of participants.
• Share and compare current technology models, including centralized, decentralized, and hybrid HIE.
• Discover financial considerations for planning, developing, and maintaining HIE capabilities, including budget levels and funding sources.
• Analyze the full range of privacy and security issues, including patient consent, substance abuse treatment disclosure, data security, breach notification and state-level regulatory differences.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

The adoption of HIE to improve care quality and efficiency ultimately will impact all health care stakeholders. Executives and counsel for provider, payer, and life sciences organizations as well as those for associations and foundations focused on advancing care safety and effectiveness, organizational savings, and patient satisfaction will benefit from attending.

Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: A general understanding of current health care issues.
CPE Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based Live
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Recommended CPE Credit: 1.5 credits
Anticipated CLE Credit: 1.5 credits (may vary based on from which jurisdiction requested)

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Robert Belfort, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Jonah Frohlich, Manatt Health Solutions; Gregory J. DeBor, Manatt Health Solutions

Robert Belfort, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Robert Belfort is a partner in the health care practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and has more than 20 years of experience representing health care organizations on regulatory compliance and transactional matters. Mr. Belfort has extensive experience advising a wide variety of health care clients, including hospitals, medical groups, health insurers, managed care organizations, accountable care organizations, mental health providers, pharmacy chains, information technology vendors, and health care industry trade associations.

Mr. Belfort focuses his practice on managed care and accountable care, counseling health insurers and other managed care organizations on compliance with Affordable Care Act standards, Medicaid managed care requirements, Medicare Part C and Part D rules, HIPAA portability and nondiscrimination mandates, and state insurance licensing and market conduct laws; HIPAA/Privacy, assisting clients in managing health information within the parameters established by HIPAA and state confidentiality laws; and fraud and abuse, advising clients on structuring transactions and conducting day-to-day business operations to ensure compliance with the Anti‐Kickback Statute, the Stark law, Medicare and Medicaid participation and billing requirements, professional licensing rules, and corporate practice of medicine and fee‐splitting restrictions.

Mr. Belfort earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Oberlin College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Jonah Frohlich, Manatt Health Solutions
Jonah Frohlich is a managing director of Manatt Health Solutions. He provides policy and regulatory advice to a wide array of healthcare organizations, including health plans, hospitals, provider organizations, and state governments, with a particular focus on health information technology and healthcare delivery transformation initiatives. Mr. Frohlich has been engaged in a variety of projects involving the use of technology, and clinical and administrative data to support improvements in the delivery of care for individuals and high‐risk populations.

Prior to joining Manatt Health Solutions, Mr. Frohlich was the deputy secretary of health information technology at the California Health & Human Services Agency. In this role, he served as the administration’s top executive and advisor on health information technology, coordinating the state’s initiative for the development, application, and use of electronic health records and secure information exchange. He also facilitated policy, statutory, and regulatory changes needed to advance health information exchange. Mr. Frohlich was also previously a senior program officer with the California HealthCare Foundation.

Mr. Frohlich earned an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A., with honors, from McGill University.

Gregory J. DeBor, Manatt Health Solutions
Greg DeBor is a managing director of Manatt Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. With more than 25 years of experience in information technology, Mr. DeBor advises stakeholders across the health care industry and public sector in planning for health reform, accountable care, health insurance/benefit exchange (HIX/HBE) and health IT. He is recognized as a leading authority on electronic health records, interoperability, health care administrative simplification and health information exchange (HIE).

Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. DeBor was a client partner in the Healthcare Group of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where he led the successful launch of the nation’s first website for health insurance exchange and reform under Massachusetts’ groundbreaking coverage expansion law on behalf of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector. During his tenure at CSC, Mr. DeBor played an instrumental role in health and human services integration in Massachusetts and in the formation of one of the nation’s largest and longest-sustained regional health information organizations. Mr. DeBor earned a B.S. from Boston University.

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