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Health IT Flyers

The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) Center for Health Information Technology & Innovative Care Delivery (Center) publishes various flyers related to advancing the adoption and use of health information technology (health IT).  Listed below is a list of flyers.

Center for Health Information Technology and Innovative Care Delivery

The Center for Health Information Technology and Innovative Care Delivery is responsible for advancing the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology throughout the State with the aim of improving the experience of care, the health of the population, and reducing costs of care.  This flyer provides an overview of the Center, its divisions, and its key initiatives for 2016.

Advance Health Care Directives & MOLST Forms

Advance Health Care Directives (advance directives), similar to a living will, and Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) forms become effective when a patient is no longer able to articulate medical decisions (e.g. comatose or terminal state).  This flyer provides a summary of MHCC recommendations to establish an advance directives registry.


Health care providers are susceptible to cyber attacks that can disrupt operations and result in financial cost and reputational harm. Minimizing cyber risks is essential.  This flyer provides some practical steps practices can take to improve security.

Electronic Health Networks Overview

This informational flyer provides an overview about the role of EHNs and those certified by MHCC. 

Electronic Preauthorization Creating Efficiencies in the Preauthorization Process!

Preauthorization aims to ensure that patients are receiving the most cost-effective and appropriate treatment.  Providers were required to utilize electronic preauthorization systems by July 1, 2015.  This flyer outlines the initiatives put in place by MHCC to advance electronic preauthorization in Maryland.

Health Information Exchange

A health information exchange (HIE) enables health care providers to transfer data through secure electronic networks among disparate health information systems, providing the right health information to the right place at the right time.  This flyer describes the benefits of HIE, how to connect to the Maryland State-Designated HIE - the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), and explains certain services offered by CRISP.

Health Information Exchange:  Maryland Privacy and Security Regulations

The MHCC adopted regulations for the privacy and security of PHI exchanged through an HIE operating in Maryland, which went into effect on March 17, 2014. Key provisions of the regulations related to consumer rights; access, use and disclosure of PHI, including sensitive health information; audits; notice of breach; and registration and enforcement are highlighted in this document.

Health Information Technology - An Introduction

Health IT generally consists of the the following three components:  EHRs, HIE and telehealth.  Widespread use of health IT can help improve the quality of patient care, reduce medical errors, and achieve cost savings through greater efficiency.

HIPAA Omnibus Rule Brief

This document summarizes the Omnibus Rule that went into effect on March 26, 2013.  The rule modifies some of the provisions of the privacy and security rules under HIPAA, governing PHI, extending the obligations of business associates, subcontractors and health plans and liabilities for any non-compliance. The Omnibus Rule requires covered entities to update their business associate agreements (BAA) to include a notification process for breach and unauthorized disclosure of PHI, and the notice of privacy policies (NPP) to inform individual's access rights to their PHI. 

Key HITECH Changes to HIPAA (2018)

Title XIII, Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) comprises the provision of the HITECH Act.  These provisions created new requirements under HIPAA, particularly regarding strengthening privacy and security of PHI and increasing the penalties for violations of HIPAA. This flyer provides a chart that summarizes key modifications to HIPAA made by HITECH.

Long Term Care Adopting Health Information Technology

This flyer highlights key areas regarding adoption of health IT among long term care (LTC) settings that includes how to access patient health and medication information through Maryland’s State-Designated HIE or CRISP, how to join CRISP, and the CRISP Query Portal.

Maryland Health Care Commission

This flyer outlines MHCC’s mission and vision statement and overviews the Centers for Health Care Facilities Planning & Development, Analysis & Information Services, Health Information Technology & Innovative Care Delivery, and Quality Measurement & Reporting.

Management Service Organizations

Management Service (MSOs) provide support services to health care providers for optimizing their use of health information technology and achieving practice transformation.  This flyer outlines key services provided by State Designated MSOs. 

Personal Health Records

A personal health record (PHR) is a consumer tool used to collect, track, and share health care information. This flyer describes key elements and benefits of maintaining an electronic PHR.

State Regulated Payor Incentives for Electronic Health Records

Maryland is the first state to require State-regulated payors (payors) to provide incentives to certain health care providers in an effort to promote the adoption of EHRs.  This flyer details the available incentive(s), how to receive the incentive(s), and practice eligibility requirements. For details regarding the State-regulated payor EHR adoption incentive click here.

Telehealth Professional Liability Insurance

As the use of telehealth becomes more common, questions regarding liability insurance coverage for services delivered via telehealth are emerging among health care providers.  This flyer provides an overview of the details regarding liability insurance coverage and outlines considerations for providers to assess their liability coverage for providers practicing telehealth.  

Telehealth Reimbursement

The law requires private payors (payors) and managed care organizations to reimburse telehealth services in the same manner as in-person services. The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) developed the telehealth reimbursement flyer, which outlines the regulations currently governing telehealth reimbursement and outlines requirements for payors, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Last Updated: 2/15/2019