eHealth Pod Pilot Program
Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP) initiated the eHealth Pod Pilot Program to serve a high volume of Medicaid recipients in defined geographic locations, known as ‘eHealth Pods’ by arranging for technical assistance for these providers via three Service Partners.
- Behavioral health and long-term care (BHLTC) patients typically have multiple conditions requiring use of various providers
- Communication and coordination among providers is limited and not formalized
- Multiple state and federal funding streams and regulatory requirements contribute to administrative complexity for
managing BHLTC populations
- Fragmented care leads to duplication of services, increased costs, and adverse events
- Address issues of current behavioral health and long-term care health service gaps
- Stimulate eHealth service collaboration
- Improve coordination of care through the electronic transmission of CCDs
Use of HIT and CCDs:
- HIT enables BHLTC providers to effectively coordinate the care of their patients
- Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) are electronic health documents designed to facilitate sharing of patient
protected health information
- CCDs support efficient delivery of care by preventing avoidable adverse events
- Patient health summaries may include: patient demographics, insurance status, and medical history (e.g., chronic or
existing conditions, allergies, immunizations and lab results)
Case Studies: Below are links that summarize two eHealth Pods experiences in the pilot as well as a summary of challenges identified during the project.
Poster Presentation – This poster provides a summary of the eHealth Pod Pilot Program.
Supplemental Resources for LTC:
Supplemental Resources for Behavioral Health:
Supplemental Resources Regarding HID and CCD Exchange: