MX December Newsletter

A monthly roundup of news and updates from MX

December 2022 Edition

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

2022: An Exciting Year of Growth and Opportunity for Manifest MedEx and California

As this year comes to an end, we are incredibly proud to share the growth and impact we made in 2022, as we continue to expand the exchange of health information across California in support of our state’s ambitious goals to address health equity and build a healthy California for all.

In 2022, almost 250 new participants joined our nonprofit health data network, including three new health plans – Essence Healthcare, Clever Care Health Plan, and Alignment Healthcare – and eight new IPAs.

Thanks to our participants, public health officials, and health policy leaders who make this data exchange possible, today we share health data for 87 percent of Californians (34 million) and generate more than 1.3 million ADT notifications monthly (an increase of 29 percent from 2021) – each representing an opportunity for providers to have access to data to help better coordinate care for a patient. We’ve also increased the total number of people with clinical data by 22 percent.

Additionally, Manifest MedEx was awarded a contract with the California Department of Public Health to implement the new data system for the Surveillance and Public Health Information Reporting and Exchange (SaPHIRE) to collect and report lab results from more than 400 labs across the state to support public health efforts.

We also earned NCQA Data Aggregator Validation Designation again, marking the third consecutive year that health plans and providers can rely on validated data from Manifest MedEx as supplemental data for HEDIS® quality reporting. Manifest MedEx is one of only 21 organizations in the country with this designation.

As we head into the holiday season and new year, we want to take this moment to thank our participants, state, local health and public service agencies, and associations who share our vision to connect the healthcare ecosystem and provide healthcare organizations with the information they need to improve care, enhance health, and lower costs.

We have so much to look forward to, especially our continued partnership in 2023 and beyond, as we work to create a healthy California for all.

California Health Care Providers Embrace Major Expansion of Health Information Exchange as January Deadline Approaches for Signing the State's First-Ever Data Sharing Agreement 

Manifest MedEx is proud to support the new CalHHS Data Exchange Framework (DxF) and announce that we have officially signed the Data Sharing Agreement!

The Data Exchange Framework creates an unprecedented opportunity for California’s health and human service providers and entities to securely share and access the information needed to treat all California patients quickly, safely, and equitably.

By joining the DxF, Manifest MedEx is proving our commitment to the advancement of interoperability and data sharing across California and the delivery of crucial health information for more than 34 million Californians across every county throughout the state.

Read the full press release from the California Health and Human Services Agency here.

Calling All Data Sharing Agreement Signatories

Have you signed the DSA yet using the new online signing portal? If so, let us know at so we can celebrate this milestone on social media!

Webinar Recording Available Now

Health plans and most health care providers in California must sign the DSA on or before January 31, 2023, and begin sharing data with other participants in the following year.

In this webinar, MX shared an overview of the Data Exchange Framework and Data Sharing Agreement – key deadlines and next steps, what we know and don’t know (yet), and the impact on participants in the MX network, as well other health plans, hospitals, providers, and counties across the state.

The recording is now available here. Please feel free to share with colleagues who may be interested.

MX Earns NCQA Validated Data Stream Designation For a Third Consecutive Year!

Manifest MedEx has earned the Validated Data Stream designation in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Data Aggregator Validation program for a third consecutive year. Seen as a vital, early step in achieving NCQA's mission of a digital measurement ecosystem, validated data flows improve the efficiency of today's quality measurement processes. Health plans and providers can utilize Manifest MedEx to optimize their HEDIS® reporting process using both validated data and HEDIS® data extracts.

“This program is critical in saving time spent on chart chases for health plans and providers as well as improving health outcomes and experience for members and patients. Not only does it reduce the burden of HEDIS® reporting, but by improving data accuracy in gaps in care, health plans and providers are better able to identify and provide the care individuals need – like vaccinations and preventative screenings – while avoiding duplicative tests and treatments which add to overall health care costs.” - Erica Galvez, CEO, Manifest MedEx

MX Welcomes New Participant!

MX is pleased to welcome Alignment Health Plan to our ever-growing network! Based in Orange County, Alignment Health Plan is a Medicare Advantage health plan that works with diverse communities to promote health and wellness for its members. They have a network of providers and a variety of contracts that enable them to serve Medicare and Medicare/Medi-Cal (Medi-Medi) populations. Their mission is to become a leader in the healthcare industry by improving the well-being of their members and the success of their provider partners. They provide quality health benefits to an underserved community by people with integrity through customer service, accountability, and continuous improvement.

Optimizing and Streamlining HEDIS® Reporting With Health Information Exchange Data

As part of its quality improvement efforts, Health Plan of San Joaquin uses HEDIS® to measure performance and gauge quality and effectiveness of care provided to their members. Developed and maintained by NCQA, the performance measures in HEDIS® are related to many public health issues such as cancer, heart disease, smoking, and diabetes.

HPSJ uses both NCQA Validated Data and clinical data extracted for HEDIS reporting from Manifest MedEx. With this combined data, HPSJ identified the following increases vs without data from MX in Reporting Year 2022:

  • 16.5% increase in Comprehensive Diabetes Care (CDC) Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). MX was the second-largest supplier of A1c data after Quest Diagnostics
  • 8.2% increase in administrative rate for Controlling High Blood Pressure (CBP)
  • 4.8% increase in administrative rate for Childhood Immunization Status (CIS)

...and more!

Visit our website to learn how HPSJ saved time and improved quality scores with data from Manifest MedEx.

Participant Bright Spot

Founded more than 30 years ago, Choice Medical Group (CMG) is a primary care and multi-specialty medical group and independent practice association (IPA) serving the High Desert community in San Bernardino County. The group is comprised of more than 200 physicians, four inclusive facilities, and 12 local urgent care facilities.

Operating on an employed model with practices they own as well as the IPA model, CMG is passionate about keeping patients healthy and improving the efficiency of the overall healthcare delivery system in the High Desert area. While CMG manages the instance of Allscripts for its owned and IPA practices, the group recognized the need for more clinical and claims data beyond its EHR to truly achieve its mission to “deliver superior medical services, ensuring health and quality of life, to the people within its communities.” As a full-risk medical group, access to health information is critical to streamlining inpatient and outpatient case management, managing costs, reducing readmissions, and ensuring better outcomes.

To learn how Choice Medical Group uses Manifest MedEx to leverage longitudinal patient records to succeed under a full-risk value-based care model, read the full case study on our website.

News and Events

Building Public Health Data Infrastructure Is Key to Precision Public Health

We are at an important crossroads for public health in this country. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that our woefully underfunded public health infrastructures are in desperate need for modernization, starting with data exchange infrastructure.

In public health, we’re used to receiving data and protecting it. Perhaps sharing data doesn’t come as naturally. But the lesson learned from the pandemic is clear: We need to leverage advances in interoperability to build the right foundation for meaningful health data exchange in preparation for the next pandemic and to address the stark reality of health inequities in our country. In an era of self-driving cars, it’s almost inconceivable that public health departments throughout the country still rely on manual methods of calling and faxing to exchange health information, especially in situations where every minute counts.

Read the full article by Mimi Hall, Vice President of Public Health Innovation, Manifest MedEx, published in Healthcare Innovation.


Op-Ed: Health Equity for Patients Starts With Digital Equity for Providers

California has made progress building health data networks across the state for years now). While those technology systems are significantly better than they were 10 years ago, they remain fragmented, often leaving behind the under-resourced, less technologically sophisticated providers; social service and community organizations; and public health agencies.

Fortunately, the state has recognized how critical health data infrastructure is for achieving CalHHS’s vision for “A Healthy California for All.” Starting January 2024, most healthcare organizations in California, including health plans, will be required to exchange health information with each other. We believe the best way to enable such broad-scale data sharing on such an aggressive timeline is to invest in and leverage the many California nonprofit community health information organizations (HIOs) that are purpose-built for and already doing this work across every county.

Read the full article by Erica Galvez, Chief Executive Officer, Manifest MedEx, and Ali Modaressi, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES), published in State of Reform.


Keep Your Eyes on These Four Health Data Advancements in 2023

California is at a moment of opportunity with ambitious goals to improve health equity and achieve “A Healthy California for All” — goals that will require robust health data infrastructure and will fundamentally change the way healthcare is delivered in our state. This kind of infrastructure transformation, while desperately needed and the right thing to do, is, simply put, not easy. As we look to 2023, here are a few things to watch as we go through our growing pains together:

  • California’s AB 133 and Data Exchange Framework kick into high gear
  • CalAIM’s new Population Health Management Service goes live
  • Modernizing public health data infrastructure for precision public health
  • Federal impact: Qualified Health Information Networks are on the horizon. What can we expect?

In addition to these key advancements, there are many other unknowns: how much funding will be available for health data infrastructure, impacts of the midterm elections on health policy, and future directions of value-based care arrangements, to name a few. 2023 is shaping up to be another busy year as we work to build California’s health data ecosystem. 

Read the article by Erica Galvez, Chief Executive Officer, Manifest MedEx, published in Healthcare News.

Network Growth


New data sources available on MX today:

ADTs from the following 9 participants:

Abayomi A Odubela M.D., a Professional Corporation (2 locations)
Cresencia D. Banzuela, M.D., Inc.
Health Service Alliance (3 locations)
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Imperial Clinica (2 locations)

CCDAs from the following 31 participants:

Abayomi A Odubela M.D., a Professional Corporation (2 locations)
Apex Pediatrics
Cresencia D. Banzuela, M.D., Inc.
Health Service Alliance (3 locations)
Imperial Clinica (2 locations)
Jennifer Y. Kim, M.D., Inc.
Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (10 locations)
Murrieta Primary Care Clinic (2 locations)
Namita Mohideen, M.D., Inc. (4 locations)
Olusola A. Oyemade, M.D., F.A.A.P., Inc.
Preferred Medical Group (2 locations)
Raincross Medical Group, Inc.
Romeo Samouh, M.D., Inc.

Lab data from the following 5 participants:

Family Healthcare Network (4 locations)
Harvey David Watts

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