CMS has requested feedback from the Health IT Policy Committee's enrollment work group about a Web-based hub that would support the exchange of information from applicants for state health and human services programs, Government Health IT reports.
The exchange of eligibility data will become increasingly important as more states take steps to build electronic health insurance exchanges under the federal health reform law. The exchanges will offer consumers comparative information on health insurance programs.
In August 2010, the Health IT Policy Committee endorsed recommendations from its enrollment work group that said states should use existing federal agency systems to verify personal income, citizenship and legal status of applicants for public health programs. The committee also recommended the creation of a federal sample application tool for states so they would not have to develop their own.
A standardized online service would allow agencies to make eligibility processes more efficient across various health and human service programs.
Developing the Hub
CMS is trying to determine which services the eligibility verification hub should be able to perform.
According to Sam Karp -- co-chair of the enrollment work group and vice president of programs for the California HealthCare Foundation, which publishes iHealthBeat -- the online hub could act as a gateway to information or could perform more detailed functions with the data.
The work group will make recommendations to the Policy Committee in April (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 3/15).