Minnesota Coordinated Responses

The Minnesota E-Health Initiative provides feedback on state and federal definitions, criteria and/or proposed regulations relating to e-health. The feedback is provided in the form of a public coordinated response in which members of the e-health initiative, workgroups and the public participate. Below are examples of these coordinated responses.

Response Categories

EHNAC
Meaningful Use
Privacy and Security
Quality Measures and Reporting
Standards and Certification


EHNAC (Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission)

Minnesota Response to Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) Criteria (PDF 142KB/14 pg)
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative coordinated response to EHNAC Criteria for Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (HIEAP).

Meaningful Use

Stage 3
Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 62J.495, the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee solicited stakeholder feedback on the request for comments regarding the Stage 3 Definition of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) issued by the the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).Feedback received from the community informed the development of coordinated responses on behalf of the Minnesota health care and public health community. Below is the final coordinated response submitted by MDH.

Stage 2
Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 62J.495, the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee solicited stakeholder feedback on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) defining the criteria for stage two meaningful use and the standards and 2014 certification of EHR technology. Feedback received from the community informed the development of coordinated responses on behalf of the Minnesota health care community. Below are the final coordinated responses submitted by MDH.


Stages 2 and 3 Preliminary Objectives
e-Health Initiative Final Response to Preliminary Meaningful Use Objectives for Stages 2 and 3 (PDF 128 KB/20 pg)
In response to the federal Health IT Policy Committee seeking comments on the preliminary measures for Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3, the Minnesota e-Health Initiative, with special participation from the Adoption and Meaningful Use Workgroup, has produced a statewide coordinated response including comments and recommendations.

Stage 1
Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 62J.495, the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee solicited stakeholder feedback on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defining the criteria for meaningful use and clarifying details related to the administration of HITECH incentives.  The Advisory Committee also requested stakeholder feedback to respond to the standards interim final rule (IFR). Feedback received from the community informed the development of coordinated responses on behalf of the Minnesota health care community. The links to download the final MDH coordinated responses submitted are below.


Privacy and Security

Coordinated Response: HHS Interim Final Rule - HIPAA Enforcement (PDF 76Kb/7 pg)
Response to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rule for civil money penalties for established violations of HIPAA’s Administrative Simplification rules.

Coordinated Response: HITECH Breach Notification (PDF 123Kb/5 pg)
Response to HHS proposed rule for technologies and methodologies that render protected health information unusable, unreadable or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals.

Coordinated Response: Health Breach Notification Rulemaking (PDF123Kb/5 pg)
Response to FTC proposed rules requiring vendors of personal health records and related entities to notify individuals when the security of their individually identifiable health information is breached.


Quality Measures and Reporting (eMeasures)

The Minnesota e-Health Initiative coordinated a response to the request for public comment on the Electronic Quality Measures (eMeasures) from the eMeasure Format Review Panel. This occurred by inviting and engaging multiple stakeholders from the Minnesota health and healthcare system that are involved in the Minnesota e-Health Initiative, with special participation from members of the Adoption and Meaningful Use workgroup and co-chairs, Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN and Paul Kleeberg, MD, FAAFP, FHIMSS. Additionally, informatics nursing students from the University of Minnesota reviewed and provided comments. The response focused on burden and ability to produce the quality measures from an EHR.
MN e-Health Initiative Response to NQF eMeasures (PDF 59KB/ 4pg)

The Health Economics Program (HEP) at the Minnesota Department of Health also provided general comments and built off of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative response.
HEP response to NQF eMeasures (PDF 41KB/ 2pg)

Standards and Certification

2011: Minnesota Response to EHR Temporary Certification Program for Stage 1 Meaningful Use (PDF 175KB/5pg)

2010: Minnesota e-Health Initiative Collaborative Response on Proposed Establishment of Certification Programs for HIT (PDF 174KB/9 pg)

2010: Minnesota e-Health Initiative Collaborative Response on Standards Interim Final Rule (PDF 159KB/10 pg)

2009: Minnesota Response to National HIT Standards Recommendations (PDF 116KB/5pg)

The Minnesota e-Health Initiative coordinated response to ONC on recommendations related to implementation of standards.

Archive Resource 2007-2008 Standards Workgroup Coordinated Responses to CCHIT 2008 Certification Criteria

Updated Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 08:29AM