The Virginia Healthcare Exchange Network (VHEN) is a collaboration of Virginia health plans and health systems dedicated to lowering administrative costs in healthcare convened by the Virginia Association of Health Plans (VAHP), The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), and the Governor’s Office of Health IT. VHEN is committed to a collaborative public-private model limiting unnecessary administrative costs in healthcare and speeding the adoption of tools and processes that can achieve that goal.
Whereas in the Commonwealth of Virginia there is interest among multiple stakeholders in making significant progress towards eliminating unnecessary healthcare administrative costs;
Pursuant to this charter, participating Virginia health care providers and health plans (the “Participants”) will undertake the following:
Purpose - Participants will engage in a time-bounded, metric-oriented, and coordinated effort to:
Scope - Cooperation under this chartered is focused on and limited to those activities mutually agreed to by participants which promote general adoption of online standardized healthcare administrative transactions, full compliance with applicable state and federal privacy provisions, and applications of those transactions to reduce healthcare administrative costs. In promoting online administrative data exchange, participants are also mindful of longer-term possibilities in other forms of medical exchange or telemedicine, and the need to consider these longer-term requirements, as near-term approaches are formulated.
Designation - Participants under the agreement will be collectively referred to as the Virginia Healthcare Exchange Network (VHEN).
Period - The term of the charter is from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2012. The term may be extended upon agreement of Participants. A Participant may withdraw from participation upon written notice to the VHEN Steering Committee.
Performance - Participation under the agreement entails dedication of resources to the purpose of the agreement distinct from pre-existing business efforts.
Steering Committee - Participating organizations will be drawn from the private and public sector, from health plans and payers, and from hospitals and health systems. Participating organizations will nominate an individual to serve on the Steering Committee t hat will set goals, timelines and, where appropriate, budgets for initiatives undertaken by the group.
Superceding agreements - participants may elect to supercede this charter through formal incorporation or other amendments to the joint governance upon 2/3 vote of the participants.
Bon Secours Health System
Carilion Health System
Inova Health System
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States
Riverside Health System
University of Virginia Medical Center
VCU Health System/MCV Hospitals
Virginia Secretary of Technology
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
Governor Kaine's News Release June 12, 2009