Opportunities for Community Engagement

RCE Stakeholder Sessions

The RCE and ONC hosts public advisory forums for community and stakeholder input as the TEFCA is developed and implemented. 

Below are future events and links to materials presented at past events. 

Upcoming Events

2020 ONC Tech Forum:
Structural, Process and Outcomes Measures for Networks Enabling Exchange through the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA)
August 11, 2020 | 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET 

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Efforts are underway to implement the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which will facilitate exchange of electronic health information between Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and their participants. During this session, the TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE), The Sequoia Project, will share an overview of recommended measure concepts and suggested timing for implementation and use of the metrics to assess the performance of QHINs and their role in enabling exchange nationally. Experts will provide input on the RCE’s proposed metrics, with time for audience questions, all of which will help inform the RCE’s final development of metrics for QHINs exchanging electronic health information under TEFCA.

TEFCA RCE Monthly Informational Call
Third Tuesday of Each Month | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

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The Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) will host a public informational call as an opportunity to share information about the progress to-date. An anticipated agenda will be shared in advance each month.

Anticipated agenda each month:

  • April 21, 2020: Download SlidesView Recording
    • Common Agreement Work Group (CAWG) Update 
    • QHIN Technical Framework (QTF) Update
    • Stakeholder Feedback Update
  • May 19, 2020: Download Slides | View Recording
    • Common Agreement Work Group (CAWG) Update 
    • QHIN Technical Framework (QTF) Update
    • Metrics Update
  • June 16, 2020: Download Slides | View Recording
    • Common Agreement Work Group (CAWG) Update
    • QHIN Metrics and Operational Reports
    • Stakeholder Engagement Update and Value Proposition
  • July 21, 2020:  Download Slides | View Recording
    • ThinkTank is now closed.
    • Provide a high-level overview of recommended measure concepts and suggested timing for implementation and use of the metrics related to QHIN Operational Reporting.
    • Receive feedback related to specific questions the RCE staff have regarding the Metrics and Operational Reporting
    • Receive feedback related to specific questions the team will pose regarding the Common Agreement ARTCs.
    • Provide a method for stakeholders to submit unstructured feedback regarding additional or relevant considerations not discussed in the RCE’s plans for the ARTCs and Metrics.
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August 18, 2020: To Be Announced

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**We apologize in advance for any technical difficulties that may occur as virtual meeting services like GoToWebinar may be experiencing unusually high activity. We appreciate your patience.** 

Past Events and Presentations

TEFCA RCE Public Stakeholder Feedback Session: QHIN Technical Framework (QTF)

Wednesday, March 18th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

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This public stakeholder feedback meeting will provide the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) with an opportunity to share information about the progress to-date of the Qualified Health Information Network Technical Framework (QTF) development. This meeting will also provide prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to share their support, concerns, and ideas as the next iteration of the QTF is developed.

**We apologize in advance for any technical difficulties that may occur as virtual meeting services like GoToWebinar may be experiencing unusually high activity this week. We appreciate your patience.** 

TEFCA RCE Public Stakeholder Feedback Session:

Governance of Exchange Activities

Monday, March 16th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

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This 60-minute public meeting will provide the RCE an opportunity to share information about the progress and direction of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Additional Required Terms and Conditions (ARTCs) as related to governance of exchange activities. Prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and other interested stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input regarding the governance functions contemplated for exchange activities under the Common Agreement.

TEFCA RCE Public Stakeholder Feedback Session:

Preserving the Stability of the QHIN Network

Wednesday, March 4th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

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The Wednesday, March 4th, public meeting will provide the RCE an opportunity to share information about the progress and direction of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Additional Required Terms and Conditions (ARTCs) as related to preserving the stability of the QHIN network. Prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and other interested stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the RCE RCE to inform development of the next iteration of the ARTCs.

Common Agreement Work Group Application Q&A

Tuesday, February 25th | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

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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.

This public webinar is an opportunity for prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and others interested in applying for the Common Agreement Work Group to have questions answered regarding the application process. The RCE staff will be available to explain the review and selection process and answer any questions from the community.

In addition, we are extending the CAWG application deadline to Friday, 3/6/20 to allow sufficient time for applicants to review the revisions.

TEFCA RCE Public Stakeholder Feedback Session:

Exchange Operations ARTCs (Part 1 & 2)

Tuesday, February 18th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET  — Part 1
Wednesday, February 19th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET  — Part 1
Wednesday, February 26th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET — Part 2

*Due to popular demand, this TEFCA RCE Public Stakeholder Feedback Session: Exchange Operations ARTCs (Part 1 of 2) webinar is now occurring twice. Please plant to attend either February 18th or February 19th. The content will be the same.*

Download Presentation for Part 1 & 2 

View Recording for Part 1 (02.18.2020)  |  View Recording for Part 1 (02.19.2020)

View Recording for Part 2 (02.26.2020)

The 21st Century Cures Act directed the National Coordinator to develop or adopt a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). ONC selected The Sequoia Project to serve as the TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) that is responsible for drafting the Common Agreement that will support the exchange activities. The Common Agreement consists of three components, the Minimum Required Terms and Conditions (MRTCs), the Additional Required Terms and Conditions (ARTCs) and the Qualified Technical Framework (QTF). 
This series of Exchange Operations ARTCs public meetings will provide the RCE an opportunity to share information about the progress and direction of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Additional Required Terms and Conditions (ARTCs) as it relates to exchange operations under the purview of the Common Agreement. Prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and other interested stakeholders will have an opportunity to express their support for specific ideas, or considerations that the RCE should bear in mind when developing the next iteration of the ARTCs.

Please note: There are two separate Exchange Operations ARTCs, requiring separate registrations. The content covered in each meeting will be different and stakeholders are encouraged to attend both.  

Public Stakeholder Feedback Session:
Summary of Disclosures 

Wednesday, February 12th | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

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This public stakeholder feedback meeting will provide the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) an opportunity to share its analysis of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Summary of Disclosures Requirements. ONC received numerous comments regarding the proposed Summary of Disclosures provisions and asked the RCE to do further research. The purpose of this webinar is to walk through that analysis and enlist stakeholder input regarding the options to inform the RCE’s recommendations to ONC on this important policy.  

ONC Annual Meeting Breakout Session

Monday, January 27th | 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

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Practical Considerations for the Common Agreement and Qualified Health Information Network Technical Framework

Members from the RCE team will share progress to date, highlighting key topics for stakeholder consideration and feedback as it relates to the Common Agreement and QHIN Technical Framework. As an interactive dialogue, the audience will be invited to share perspectives to inform the RCE’s and ONC’s work. 

Public Stakeholder Feedback Session:
QHIN Technical Framework (QTF)

Wednesday, December 11th | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Think Tank is now closed.

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This initial public, stakeholder feedback meeting provided the RCE an opportunity to share information about the progress and direction of the Qualified Health Information Network Technical Framework (QTF) development, and provide prospective Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to express their support for specific ideas, or concerns that the RCE staff should bear in mind when developing the next iteration of the QTF.

Objectives:

    1. Provide a high-level overview of the RCE’s plans related to the development of the QTF
    2. Receive feedback related to specific questions the RCE staff have regarding the planned components of the QTF.
    3. Provide a method for stakeholders to submit unstructured feedback regarding additional components of the QTF or relevant considerations not discussed in the RCEs high level QTF plan

The Sequoia Project Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 5th | Afternoon

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The Sequoia Project Annual Meeting included RCE and TEFCA related sessions for attendees featuring speakers from the RCE and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Visit The Sequoia Project Annual Meeting web page to view video recordings and download presentation slides.

RCE Kick-Off Webinar

Monday, October 7th | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

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Join the RCE and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for our public kick-off of the Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE). We will provide an overview of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) and the role of the new RCE.