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Addressing CBO Technology Challenges: Using HITECH Act Matching Funds to Facilitate Communication across Medical and Non-medical Medicaid Providers

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In the brave new world of integrated medical and social services, one of the biggest obstacles to creating successful partnerships remains the difficulty many community-based organizations (CBOs) face in financing, building, and maintaining an interoperable IT system that can capture, analyze, and exchange relevant service and outcome data. Responding to this challenge is vital, as future work with health care providers and payers will require the seamless exchange of information across organizations.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is a federal law that was enacted in 2009 and encourages the adoption of and meaningful use of Health Information Technology (HealthIT). In 2016, CMS issued guidance that expands the reach of HITECH dollars to help eligible Medicaid providers connect with non-medical Medicaid long term service and support providers.

On this webinar, created for the Aging and Disability Business Institute and hosted by the American Society on Aging (ASA),  hear from speakers from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) on the state of CBO-health care technology collaboration, the opportunity presented by HI-TECH for CBOs, and the way forward for bringing the promise of sophisticated CBO data systems to bear on the aging and disability networks’ mission of improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities.


Thomas Novak, Medicaid Interoperability LeadOffice of the National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Scott Cory, Chief Information Officer, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Meredith Eisenhart, Director, Community Capacity Building, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)