NEHEN's Timeline of Events

1997: Initial Discussions
August CSC is engaged for feasibility study
October Initial NEHEN discussions
 
1998: Pilot Program Commences
February Commitment from founding members - CareGroup, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Lifespan, Partners Healthcare, Tufts Health Plan
April Beta version of software is tested
June Eligibility Verification transaction pilot starts
September Original governance document is signed
October Eligibility transaction is implemented at founding members
 
1999: Commitment Formalized
November NEHEN incorporates as New England Healthcare EDI Network, LLC.
November Batch interface functionality is introduced
December Boston Medical Center joins as the first new member
 
2000: NEHEN Gains Momentum
February UMassMemorial Health Care joins
March Children's Hospital, Boston joins
June Specialty Referral transaction goes live
July First contract affiliate joins
December Annual transaction volume reaches 2.9 million
 
2001: Membership and Supported Transactions Expanded
January Lahey Clinic joins
February Dana Farber Cancer Institute joins
April Neighborhood Health Plan joins
April Claims Status Inquiry goes live
July Southcoast Healthcare joins
September Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary joins
November Northeast Health Systems joins
December Annual transaction volume reaches 10.1 million
 
2002: Connectivity to National Payers
January Referral authorization & inquiry transactions go live
April MedUnite / ProxyMed becomes a contract affiliate
August Eligibility Verification pilot to national payers starts
June HDX becomes a Contract Affiliate
July Caritas Christi Healthcare joins
December Annual transaction volume reaches 13.2 million
 
2003: HIPAA Compliance Met - Five Years in Operation
January Focus shifts to claims, claims submission process is automated
January Cape Cod Healthcare joins
February Bridgewater Goddard Medical Park joins
May Brockton Hospital joins
May Tufts - New England Medical Center formalizes its participation
October Cambridge Health Alliance and Network Health join
October All HIPAA required transactions are in production
December Annual transaction volume reaches 17.7 million
   
2004: Enrollment Continues  
December Lawrence General joins
   
2005: Enrollment Continues  
January South Shore joins
May HealthOne joins
June Jordan Health Systems joins
October EOHHS and the Fallon Clinic join
December BCBSMA joins
   
2006: Enrollment Continues  
March United Healthcare joins
April Morton Hospital joins
September Baystate Health joins
   
2007: NEHEN unveils Portal  
April The Westerly Hospital joins
July NEHEN unveils Portal, the new solution for smaller members
September Lowell General Hospital joins
December Franciscan Hospital for Children joins
   
2008: Enrollment Continues  
March Emerson Hospital joins
   
2009: Administrative and Clinical Convergence  
March St. Joseph's Health Services of Rhode Island joins
September NEHEN LLC and MA-SHARE merge to form the New England Healthcare Exchange Network, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) company) and subsequently NEHEN, Inc. files for non-profit status
October Hart Associates, Inc. joins as a contract affiliate
November Riverbend Medical Group joins
December Boston Public Health Commission joins
   
   
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