Manifest MedEx, California’s largest nonprofit qualified health information organization (QHIO), is launching the California ADT Network, a no-cost electronic ADT notification exchange, to help organizations exchange admission data , registration and transfer in accordance with the state’s data sharing framework. (DxF) and substantially scale ADT alert sharing across the state.
California hospitals, health systems, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and QHIOs participating in DxF can register with the California ADT Network to securely send and receive basic ADT notifications for free to improve patient care and help meet DxF data sharing requirements, without any requirement to join the broader MX network or access other QHIO data products and services, such as longitudinal patient records and claims data.
ADTs are simple electronic messages, typically sent by a hospital or a SNF’s electronic health record (EHR), that let an assigned physician and care team know that their patient has been admitted to a care setting, given discharged from one care setting or transferred to another care setting. . These automated notifications trigger timely care coordination that helps reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, improve patient outcomes, and reduce overall healthcare costs.
Hospitals must submit ADT notifications to community providers as a condition of participation under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programs, and will be required by law for most California hospitals by January 31, 2024. SNFs are encouraged to also send ADT notifications to DxF participants before the January 2024 deadline.
Manifest MedEx’s free, two-way ADT exchange removes cost barriers for DxF participants and streamlines required data exchange, the organization said. It will allow for more sharing of ADT notifications between hospitals, SNFs, and QHIOs that support their care teams “opting in” to receive alerts about their patients, ultimately benefiting the patient.
“Remove the pay-as-you-go cost barriers that exist today, make more ADT accessible while protecting patient privacy and getting them to the right care team, especially in critical access, rural and of scarce resources, is essential to create the necessary conditions. The digital health data safety net we need in California,” said Erica Gálvez, CEO of Manifest MedEx, in a statement. “The California ADT Network will rapidly accelerate California’s ability to positively transform health equity, public health and Medi-Cal outcomes, which depend on robust and seamless exchange of health data among all providers.”
Additionally, primary care providers, specialists and clinics in California can continue to join the broader Manifest MedEx network for free to receive ADT notifications. Manifest MedEx said providers on other QHIO networks will also benefit from more notifications when their QHIO participates in the California ADT network.
“Providers have been asking for this type of real-time health data for decades to help doctors provide better, more efficient care to their patients,” said William Barcellona, executive vice president of government affairs at America’s Physician Groups. , a national professional association of more than 300 medical groups and independent practice associations throughout the United States, in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for California to advance health data sharing for the benefit of all patients and communities.”
Currently, Manifest MedEx ships approximately 1.5 million ADTs per month to more than 90 percent of Californians through 1,800 providers, 125 hospitals and 16 health plans. Manifest MedEx emphasizes that it does not monetize or resell patient data.