Getting to Yes: Exchanging Information to Better Coordinate Patient Care
12:30pm - 1:30pmFriday, March 9
Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center
The California Office of Health Integrity (CalOHII) in cooperation with the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) recently produced the State Health Information Guidance (SHIG). The SHIG is an authoritative but non-binding guidance from the State of California that explains when, where and why mental health and substance use disorder information can be exchanged between behavioral health providers and other providers involved in coordinating patient care. CalOHII is providing this clarification of state and federal laws for non-state entities because of its statutory authority to interpret and clarify state law. The SHIG also incorporates recent changes in the federal 42 CRF Part 2 law. It is written in plain language for a general audience using role based scenarios and general guidance with legal citations. The SHIG is needed because there is confusion about the law that creates major barriers to sharing patient information.