Emergency Department Care Coordination Program

The 2017 General Assembly established the Emergency Department Care Coordination program in the Department of Health to provide a single, statewide technology solution that connects all hospital emergency departments in the Commonwealth to facilitate real-time communication and collaboration among physicians, other healthcare providers and other clinical and care management personnel for patients receiving services in hospital emergency departments for the purpose of improving the quality of patient care services (re: § 32.1-372).

The budget language in support of the legislation required the EDCC Program to have all hospitals operating EDs in the Commonwealth and all Medicaid Managed Care contracted health plans participating in the Program by June 30, 2018.  The second phase of participation in the EDCC program is expanding to include the State Employee Health Plan, all Medicare plans operating in the Commonwealth, and all commercial plans operating in the Commonwealth, excluding ERISA plans, by June 30, 2019. Additionally, phase 2 will expand to include other downstream providers, who will have the ability to use the technology solution to receive alerts and contribute to patients’ care guidelines.

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has contracted with third party ConnectVirginia to create, operate, maintain, and administer the EDCC Program. Subsequently, ConnectVirginia—supported by a broad array of stakeholders (herein the EDCC Advisory Council)—used a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select Collective Medical as the EDCC program technology provider. In addition, the EDCC Program is leveraging ConnectVirginia’s existing Legal and Trust Framework as the basis for governing the sharing of protected health information (PHI) in support of the EDCC Program.

Collective Medical, through their HITRUST certified PreManage Primary and PreManage ED (EDie) platforms, uses real-time data, risk analytics, notifications, and shared care guidelines to prompt and guide provider decision making in a way that drives differential outcomes like reduced ED utilization. The result is a national network of thousands of Emergency Departments, health plans, and downstream providers who collaborate to collectively deliver better care to millions of patients.

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Public Health

ConnectVirginia helps the Virginia Department of Health fulfill its mission to “promote and protect the health of all Virginians” by providing services that facilitate the electronic reporting of certain health-related data. VDH  is currently able to receive electronic submissions for three public health-related objectives ( Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR), Immunizations, Syndromic Surveillance, etc.) and is actively working with hospitals and health care professionals to assist them in meeting these objectives.

Learn More About Public Health Reporting Pathway Service.

Newborn Screening

The Code of Virginia § 32.1-65 requires every newborn in the Commonwealth to undergo Dried-Bloodspot testing unless the parent or guardian objects on the grounds that the test conflicts with their religious practices.  The Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), performs the dried-blood spot screening and follow-up services; including referrals for diagnosis, medical and dietary management and long-term care and treatment planning. Babies who are diagnosed with certain heritable disorders or genetic diseases are referred to the VDH’s Care Connection for Children network for coordination of services.

Due to the time sensitivity of Dried-Bloodspot testing, Virginia’s Newborn Screening program is now partnering with ConnectVirginia to utilize the Public Health Reporting pathway to facilitate the secure and electronic exchange of laboratory orders and results with our hospital partners and authorized 3rd party service providers such as OZ Systems.

DCLS is currently engaged in a Pilot program with a select group of hospital partners to develop and test these capabilities with the goal of implementing the electronic NBS Lab Order exchange by July 2017 and the NBS Results exchange by January 2018.  To learn more about this initiative and the requirements for enrolling in the Virginia’s NBS Data Exchange program CLICK HERE.

EXCHANGE

Need More Clinical Information On Your Patients? 
ConnectVirginia EXCHANGE provides a secure method to query and retrieve patient data by facilitating the process of onboarding participants directly to eHealth Exchange, a nationwide health information exchange. EXCHANGE participants must meet legal, technical, and financial requirements to onboard (integrate with)  to EXCHANGE.  For more detailed information on the onboarding  process including the application and documentation requirements as well as answers to frequently asked questions about onboarding, visit our EXCHANGE Onboarding page.

You can use materials in our Provider Communications Tool Kit to talk to your patients about the benefits of Health IT, EHRs, and ConnectVirginia’s EXCHANGE.