Important Announcement: Funding Opportunity to Join HIE Expanded, Limited Time to Participate

Date: November 30th, 2016Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: HIE, CORHIO Network, Colorado Department of Health Care, Policy and Financing (HCPF)


The Colorado Care Connections Program, a partnership between CORHIO and the Department of Healthcare Financing and Policy (HCPF) has been expanded, making funds available to a large number of organizations to participate in the health information exchange.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) is funding an effort to enhance the flow of clinical information through secure health networks for the purposes of enhancing care coordination, improving health outcomes and reducing costs attributed to unnecessary and redundant testing, hospitalizations, or delays in care that contribute to disease progression or avoidable complications. These funds are part of the national Medicaid expansion program, designed to increase the number of United States citizens who have access to health care.

Colorado’s two HIEs, CORHIO and the Quality Health Network are helping qualified practices and hospitals in the state to broaden their abilities to electronically share healthcare records.

Recent Program Expansion

As of November 2016, the program is opened up to any practice or hospital with a demonstrated referral pattern with a Meaningful Use eligible hospital or practice. This expansion will dramatically increase health information exchange participation throughout Colorado.

“CORHIO is thrilled to work with HCPF on this important program to not only expand health information exchange in the state, but increase provider participation in the Meaningful Use program,” says Kate Horle, CORHIO Chief Operations Officer. “The newly expanded Colorado Care Connections Program will have far-reaching benefits throughout our healthcare community and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Benefits for Current CORHIO Participants

The Colorado Care Connections Program was designed with current CORHIO participants in mind, to allow them to expand their participation in the HIE, as follows.

  • Milestone payment of $5,000 for outbound care summary (CCD) delivery to the HIE
  • Funding for upgraded HIE capabilities, including clinical document exchange and patient event notifications
  • Workflow improvement and Meaningful Use requirement assistance from members of our Transformation Support Services team (up to 8 hours per quarter)

Benefits for New CORHIO Participants

For brand new participants in the CORHIO network, the Colorado Care Connections Program offers the following benefits.

  • Milestone payment of $5,000 upon successful completion of bi-directional information within one year
  • Two years of monthly CORHIO fees waived for up to 5 providers to join the CORHIO health information exchange and receive access to patient records from 61 hospitals and several labs and imaging centers across the state – pricing available until January 1, 2017
  • CORHIO implementation fee waived ($6,000-$10,000 value)
  • Workflow improvement and Meaningful Use requirement assistance from members of our Transformation Support Services team (up to 8 hours per quarter)

Limited Time Program

Interested organizations should contact CORHIO right away to learn more about this program, as this is a limited time program. Please contact your CORHIO representative or contact us at or 720-285-3200 and ask to speak to the Outreach Manager for your geographic territory.