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LaHIE Policy and Procedures

Establishing information sharing policies are among the most fundamental and critical decisions to be made for any effort to exchange or share health information, whether  being pursued inside or outside of government. Coming to an agreement on workable policies requires broad, objective involvement in order to get appropriate and relevant feedback and secure early buy-in as well as ongoing support for the initiative from various constituents and the public. Public trust will occur through both sound policies and an inclusive process, which also includes having consumers at the decision-making table. Since the Quality Forum’s foundation is to have stakeholders’ input and involvement in all of its initiatives, the LaHIE policies were created and will be continuously reviewed and revised by various stakeholders throughout the state involved in LaHIE and health care legal and policy initiatives.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) information regarding Privacy and Security Framework Requirements and Guidance for the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) information regarding the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Electronic Health Information Exchange in a Networked Environment in conjunction with The Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework for Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information (the Privacy and Security Framework) and the Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health Common Framework were utilized as reference material in the development of these policies  This guidance illustrated how HIPAA-covered entities  may utilize the Privacy Rule's established  baseline of privacy protections and individual rights with respect to individually identifiable health information to elicit greater consumer confidence, trust and participation in electronic health information exchange.

LaHIE and the Quality Forum, with stakeholder involvement, will review and update the Policy Manual at least annually to comply with changes in the law, including relevant standards and implementation requirements of HIPAA and the State of Louisiana.


    Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

    8550 United Plaza Blvd., Ste. 301
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
    Ph (225) 334-9299 | Fax 225-334-9847

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