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Behavioral Health Work Group Minutes - January 6 2011 

January 6, 2011

ILHIE Behavioral Health Work Group Members (by phone):

  • Attendees (all by phone)
  • Connie Christen, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
  • Mark Chudzinski, Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT)
  • Kathye Gorosh, New Age Services Corporation
  • Jim Hobbs, Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Marvin Lindsey, Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois
  • Mike Ouska, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Jay Ready, Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights & Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
  • Meryl Camin Sosa, Illinois Psychiatric Society
  • Peter Turney, Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights

Welcome and Review of Minutes

After introductions, the minutes were reviewed, and approved, by the Work Group.

Update on OHIT Activities

Marvin Lindsey reported that the Illinois Health Information Exchange (HIE) Strategic and Operational Plan was approved by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on December 21, 2010. The funding will now be released to OHIT, and the implementation phase can begin. Mark Chudzinski said that OHIT was awarded $18.8 million, and received $1 million of the funding last year. The balance of the grant will be paid out over a three-year period.

Mark Chudzinski updated the group on the federal Tiger Team recommendations, saying that he asked the ONC Privacy Officer what the next steps are with the recommendations. She indicated that the ONC has not decided what they will do with the recommendations, but they will be taking some action. It's very likely that the recommendations will show up, in some form, in some sort of regulations or requirements.

Mark reported that there are two organizations that have made known their views on these issues on privacy and security. One of them is the National Committee of Vital Health Statistics that sent a letter of recommendation regarding sensitive health information on November 10, 2010, to the Health and Human Services secretary. Mark will share this document with the work group.

The other organization is the President's Commission of Advisors on Science and Technology. They issued a report to the President, in which they lament the fact that technology has not yet caught up with the needs of the healthcare community. The report said that more needs to be done to get industries to step up to the plate with more pilot or grant programs.

Executive Summary of Behavioral Health – HIE Survey

Marvin indicated that he and Kathye Gorosh developed an executive summary of the survey results which will be given to the HIE Advisory Committee. The document was discussed and a couple of small changes will be made. Mike Ouska suggested looking for data that other states have prepared to help providers better understand the benefits of an HIE.

Update from Consent Subcommittee

Mike Ouska reported that they have been working on a questionnaire, to be sent to Behavioral Health providers, to ask about consent design. The questionnaire includes six questions. Mike and Marvin reviewed the questions with a focus group, asking them if the information from the questions would be useful for the design of the Illinois HIE. Mark Chudzinski said that the results of the statewide HIE survey confirmed that there is a huge information gap with providers, and suggested that we expand the survey distribution to other types of Behavioral Health providers.

Marvin asked Meryl Sosa to tell about her organization, which she represents. Meryl is the Executive Director of the Illinois Psychiatric Society, which represents 1,100 physicians in Illinois. Meryl indicated that she has specific concerns about the disclosure of psychotherapy notes. Marvin would like to distribute the questionnaire to this group of providers, too.

Meryl attended a presentation given by the Ohio Health Information Partnership, and she will send the information from the presentation to Marvin to review, which may be shared with the group.

Mike will make a few revisions to the survey, and Marvin will forward the survey to Jim to prepare for distribution.

Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 3, 2011, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.