Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP) - HIE Adoption

Note: Program changes are being implemented Tuesday, May 30, 2017, to allow for streamlining of DEIP processing and payments. For more info, go to the New York eHealth Collaborative website. Questions? Email

About the Program

The New York State Department of Health (DOH), with support from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has established the Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP) to increase HIE adoption across the State for Medicaid providers.

Building EHR interfaces to New York State Qualified Entities (QEs) will increase the quantity of data in the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) and build value for the providers and patients at the point of care. Participating organizations are incentivized to contribute a pre-defined set of data elements to the SHIN-NY through a QE. The Rochester RHIO is one of eight QEs in New York State. This program is designed to help defray the cost for an organization when connecting to a local QE. 

New York eHealth Collaborative is coordinating the rollout of the program and the incentive payments on behalf of the State Department of Health. Limited funding is available, and this program is operated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about program eligibility, go to the New York eHealth Collaborative website. Questions? Email

Guidance: Article 28 Hospitals and other Regulated Entities

To continue advancing the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) and adhere to the SHIN-NY Regulation (Addition of Part 300 to Title 10 NYCRR (Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), which was codified on March 9, 2016), the Department of Health has set an objective to increase the quantity and quality of data contributed to the SHIN-NY by hospitals and other healthcare providers. In doing so, the network can better support statewide efforts to improve healthcare quality, coordination and efficiency of patient care, and reduce medical errors, amongst many other benefits. The Rochester RHIO is a member of the SHIN-NY.

Pursuant to the Regulation, all Article 28 Hospitals are to be participating in and contributing data to the SHIN-NY by March 9, 2017. Other types entities are to participate and contribute data to the SHIN-NY by March 9, 2018.

For more information on the types of entities that need to participate by 2018, or the Common Clinical Data Set for contributing data, go to the New York eHealth Collaborative website.

For federal standards and certification deadlines, go to the website.


The Rochester RHIO provides onsite training and web-based training to assist physicians and office staff with incorporating RHIO software tools into their daily workflow. RHIO supplies each office with patient communication materials outlining the value and capabilities of our community health information exchange. These materials aid in patient education efforts by detailing the value of patient participation.

In order to use the Rochester RHIO's clinical query portal, each user is required to complete initial training. RHIO users are also required to complete annual refresher training to review RHIO policies and services along with HIPAA compliance. Refresher training can be completed online, by participation in a webinar, or through an onsite training session administrated by RHIO Deployment staff. When completing any RHIO training, the user must attest that the training activity was completed.

Resource: Community Measures Crosswalk

As highlighted by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) in May 2016, the “…chaos of the current healthcare measurement environment” calls for healthcare providers to report hundreds of measures to government, commercial payers, accreditation agencies, professional societies, registries, and other organizations. Healthcare providers need to report hundreds of measures to government, commercial payers, accreditation agencies, professional societies, registries, and other organizations. While groups like HANYS work to lobby for a more consolidated approach to metrics and reporting, the RHIO wants to assist member organizations today in maintaining a consolidated, updated location for metrics issued by various entities. 

Download: 2016 Community Measures Crosswalk [Release Date: July 1, 2016]

The data provided in the Community Measures Crosswalk begins with the CMS Master List, issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We have started the process of identifying those measures that practices in our community have a need to access by adding tabs for MACRA, PCMH, FQHC, HEDIS, GRIPA, and more. Over time, new tabs will be added for individual payer programs, as well as other organizations or programs which issue metrics determined to be useful to the healthcare community. We anticipate that each tab to be updated quarterly, or more often as significant metrics updates are published. 

This information source will be a living set of documents. Comments and suggestions should be sent to:

The Community Measures Crosswalk Workgroup is a subgroup of the Rochester PCMH Collaborative. Members include:

Want to join the Community Measures Crosswalk initiative? Contact us today!

Community Resources

Health information technology (HIT) is changing the way that health care is delivered in our community, in New York State, and across the country. The goal of HIT adoption and meaningful use is to enable improvement in health care quality, increase affordability and advance health care outcomes by supporting medical decisions and the delivery of coordinated, preventive, patient-centered care.

If you would like specific information on resources for medical practices planning to purchase electronic health record systems,visit the Services section of this website, or contact our Deployment team at 877.865.RHIO (7446). 

For general background on health information technology and government initiatives to promote it, these resources may be helpful.