The announcement of the Common Agreement Work Group (CAWG) has generated interest and dialogue among prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and others interested in applying for the Common Agreement Work Group. We have received multiple questions from prospective applicants on common themes which require specific responses. As we near the submission deadline for CAWG applications, we think it would be most efficient and helpful to host an interactive webinar to address these questions directly for all prospective applicants.
On February 25th at 3:00 p.m. EST, we hosted the Common Agreement Work Group Application Q&A. This public webinar was an opportunity for prospective QHINs and others interested in applying for the Common Agreement Work Group to have questions answered regarding the application process. The RCE staff was available to explain the review and selection process and answer any questions from the community. View Recording of the Webinar Here
In addition, we are extending the CAWG application deadline to Friday, 3/6/20 to allow sufficient time for applicants to review the revisions.
The ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) is forming a work group to enlist input from organizations that may seek to be early adopters of the Common Agreement as a participating Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN). The purpose of this work group, known as the Common Agreement Work Group (CAWG), is to inform the RCE’s work on the development of the Common Agreement.
This application will provide the RCE with the information needed to evaluate prospective work group participants for the CAWG. Participation in the CAWG is available to any organization that can demonstrate it has the full capability to meet the requirements for becoming a QHIN and is able to attest in good faith that it will seek QHIN designation.
Applicants will have the option of proposing up to two organizations which are Participants or Participant Members of their Health Information Network to serve on the work group.
It is anticipated that the CAWG will commence on April 1st with a duration of approximately 120 days.
Participation criteria are based upon the QHIN Application Approval Requirements outlined in Section 2.1.3 of the draft Minimum Required Terms and Conditions (MRTCs), published in April 2019. An application will be considered complete once the organization attests to the following and provides details or documentation to support these attestations:
The RCE will complete a review of all applications as quickly as possible. The time needed for review may depend on the completeness of the application and the RCE’s ability to obtain timely clarifications from the applicant, if applicable.
It is the responsibility of the organization seeking to participate in the CAWG to provide sufficient information to allow the RCE to make an informed decision about the organization’s capabilities. However, the RCE may use its discretion to request or consider additional information to determine if the applicant is capable of meeting the obligations and responsibilities of a CAWG member.
Please email your completed application and MOU to email@example.com by 8 pm ET on March 6, 2020 for consideration.