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Welcome to the CodeX September newsletter! CodeX (Common Oncology Data Elements eXtensions) is a HL7 FHIR Accelerator, launched at the end of 2019, that is building a community to enable interoperable cancer data modeling and applications. Check out some of our exciting updates below.

Join Us in Welcoming our Newest CodeX Members

We are excited to announce the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has joined CodeX as a Founder/Premier member.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) has also joined CodeX as a Founder/Premier member.

And niAnalytics, a software development company with expertise in radiation therapy, has joined as a Developer/Implementer member. 

Please email me, Steve Bratt (sbratt@mitre.org), if you’d to like to become a CodeX member and drive the future of smarter data for the fight against cancer. Founder membership opportunities extend through the end of 2020.

Integrated Trial Matching - Open Public Call

The Integrated Trial Matching use case team had an open call on September 16th where they discussed recent achievements in their effort to make clinical trial participation equitable and easy for all patients and providers. 

The open call provided background information on this project, a demonstration of the work done in Phase 0 (implementation of a proof-of-concept), and discussed details for future phases. Please follow this link if you would like to view the presentation slides and a video of the Phase 0 demonstration. 

Registry Reporting Use Case - Starting Soon

The Registry Reporting CodeX use case team is excited to announce that project work will begin in October 2020! Stay informed by visiting the Registry Reporting Confluence page for information related to the project kickoff and any other exciting news and updates. The project team is in communication with health systems interested in piloting the solution, and also exploring how synthetic data could enhance the use case.

Oncology Clinical Pathways: Prior Authorization

CodeX presented at the Da Vinci Burden Reduction weekly call on August 28th and discussed how to leverage oncology clinical pathways and mCODE data elements supporting prior authorization. The use case goal is to improve the current state of oncology prior authorization to reduce clinical burden when requesting oncology treatment regimens.

Also some exciting news in the health information exchange world: The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CAQH CORE) updated the Prior Authorization and Referrals (278) Infrastructure Rules. Notably, the rule requires that there be a 2-business-day response turnaround by payers for a provider's prior authorization request, once all documentation is provided.

mCODE Education Materials and Knowledge Base

Coming soon: the mCODE (minimum Common Oncology Data Elements) Confluence page will contain educational resources such as knowledge base articles and FAQs. Interested mCODE community members will be able to search for detailed information of the mCODE profiles, model best practices, and troubleshoot tips for common problems.

mCODE Community of Practice

The next Community of Practice meeting will be held on September 25th, 2020 from 12-1pm ET. To join this call, register here. This month we will have two presentations: Keri Reardon, Senior Director at Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, will be giving updates to the ICAREdata project, and Rob Lieberthal, Principal Health Economist at MITRE, will be discussing the health economics of mCODE and CodeX. 

Upcoming Briefings - HL7 Birds of a Feather

CodeX will be presenting at the HL7 34th Annual Plenary and Working Group Meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6pm ET. This five day virtual event provides valuable news, updates, and educational resources to the health IT community, as well as the opportunity for HL7 work groups to come together and work on standards. To register and pay for this working group meeting, visit the HL7 events page.  (presentation can be found here

mCODE/CodeX in the News

Stay in Touch!

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest mCODE and CodeX related news and updates, please go to the CodeX home page, click on “Join a CodeX Listserv” and add their names to the CoP and/or other email lists. 

Thank you,
The CodeX Community Support Team



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