On March 9, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released new regulations that substantially change the way health care providers and patients access, exchange, and use electronic health information. Discern Health assisted ONC with the development of these far-reaching regulations.
The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule requires that patients have secure access to their personal health information at no cost, and that providers, health information exchanges (HIEs), health information networks (HINs), and developers of certified health IT do not participate in any action that is likely to interfere with, prevent, or discourage the access, exchange, or use of health information (practices referred to as “information blocking”). In the rule, ONC outlines a number of exceptions for certain activities deemed to be reasonable and necessary that would not constitute information blocking.
ONC contracted with Discern to compile, analyze, and summarize approximately 2,000 public comments on the proposed rule. Discern also developed illustrative examples of situations that might provoke information blocking and depict how the rule’s exceptions would guide important considerations and decision-making by providers, HIEs, HINs, and developers to avoid penalties and other disincentives.
Discern prepared a slide deck that summarizes the new rule and discusses some of the implications for providers. Download the slide deck here.