CMS Systems Technical Advisory Group
The Systems Technical Advisory Group (S-TAG) is a monthly meeting for State Medicaid agencies and the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services – Data and Systems Group to exchange information on how federal policy on Medicaid-funded information technology impacts states. Since 2016, NESCSO has provided administrative support to the S-TAG, growing State participation from 10 to include all 50 States and the territories. NESCSO works closely with the a federal and state S-TAG Advisory Council to ensure the monthly agendas are relevant and valuable.
S-TAG Co-chairs and Advisory Council
State Co-Chair: Brandon Lewis, West Virginia – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CMS/DSG Co-Chair: Ed Dolly, email: Edward.Dolly@cms.hhs.gov
Immediate Past State Co-Chair: PJ Fritsche, Texas – email: email@example.com
Christine Nolan, Washington – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Graves, Texas – email: email@example.com
David Whitham, Massachusetts – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maik Schutze, Kentucky – email: email@example.com
- Limited to State, Territorial and Federal Employees*
- Exceptions made at State request for individuals who are independent consultants and work in a similar capacity as State employees
- Individuals who are employed by firms that respond to State competitive procurements cannot participate in the S-TAG calls
- Please join our mailing list to be added to the schedule of conference calls.
*S-TAG Administrative support is provided by David Huffman and Elena Nicolella from NESCSO, a non-profit organization committed to supporting State HHS agencies.
On May 1, 2020 CMS published the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule (CMS 9115-F) link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/01/2020-05050/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-interoperability-and
NESCSO recognizes the potential for this Rule to significantly impact Medicaid programs. For many State agencies, the Final Rule is the first introduction to Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)-enabled Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), which have the potential to transform the way Medicaid agencies exchange healthcare data. We also recognize that the Rule’s aggressive implementation timeframes may force States to comply quickly and lose this opportunity for thoughtful and strategic digital transformation.
Through NESCSO’s support of a State Interoperability Workgroup, we seek to provide tools, resources, and opportunities for State collaboration so that the full potential of the Rule can be realized.
We have developed the following resources that are publicly available:
Interoperability Workgroup Questions for CMS – November 4, 2020 – Access the questions for CMS by following the link: Interoperability Workgroup-Questions for CMS – November 4, 2020 (Interoperability-Workgroup-Questions-for-CMS-November-4-2020.pdf (nescso.org))
Good Faith Exemption Request – November 4, 2020 – Please follow the link to access the request Good Faith Exemption Request – November 4, 2020 (https://nescso.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Good-Faith-Exemption-Request-November-4-2020.pdf)
CMS Interoperability Rule Implementation – Updated September 21, 2020 – Please follow the link to updated information regarding CMS Interoperability Rule Implementation – S-TAG_Primer on Patient Access API vSept212020 (https://nescso.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/S-TAG_Primer-on-Patient-Access-API-vSept212020.pdf)