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June 1, 2020 Connection Deadline Extended for State Health Plan and Medicaid Providers

Wednesday, May 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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For almost four years, NASW-NC has been actively advocating for providers who are mandated to connect to the state's Health Information Exchange Authority. We were thrilled with the passage of House Bill 70 during the 2019 Legislative Session which delayed the connection from June 1, 2019 until June 1, 2020. This is a bill NASW-NC helped draft and lobby legislators to ensure it's passage. When the bill passed, none of us could have predicted the current state of affairs that providers would face when the new date rolled around.

As a result, legislators enacted a new connection deadline of October 1, 2021.This bill was signed into law on Monday, May 4.

Here is more from the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority:

COVID-19 Recovery Act Provides Relief to HIE Act June 1 Deadline

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 Recovery Act [ncleg.gov] (NCSL 2020-3) was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on Monday, May 4. Section 3E.1.(a) addresses the connection requirement to the state-designated HIE Network - NC HealthConnex, extending the June 1, 2020, connection deadline October 1, 2021.

In addition, all providers who have shown a good faith effort to connect to NC HealthConnex and have a valid Participation Agreement on file will also have the extended deadline of October 1, 2021. This extension of time will allow the large queue of health care providers who are in active onboarding to complete the connection process. Connecting to NC HealthConnex can take up 12 months, depending on your EHR software. 

Please note: If you were mandated to connect by June 1, 2020, your new deadline is October 1, 2021. Providers who have signed a Participation Agreement do not need to take further action. The NC HealthConnex technical team will reach out when technical discussions are to begin with your practice. 

Please email HIEA@nc.gov with any questions.


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