information blocking

Supporting Information Privacy for Patients, Now and Always

By Micky Tripathi – ONC’s information blocking regulations consider applicable law, and that now includes the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy Final Rule. In short, complying with this new federal rule will not result in a determination of information blocking under ONC’s regulations.

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Consequences for Information Blocking

By Micky Tripathi & Jonathan Blum – A new proposed rule released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services details HHS’ first steps for holding health care providers accountable for information blocking under the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).

Will Penalties Drive Compliance?

By Matt Fisher – At the end of June 2023, the HHS Office for the Inspector General announced the finalization of the first civil monetary penalties for failing to comply with information blocking requirements. Will the possibility of enforcement make a difference though?

What’s Happening at the ONC

Supporting the adoption of health IT and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care, here is what is happening at the ONC, including the final rule on enforcement of ONC blocking rule, a new Data Brief, and an ONC Health IT Certification Program Developer Roundtable webinar.

Final Rule Implementing Information Blocking Penalties

HHS-OIG posted its final rule implementing information blocking penalties to its website. The final rule establishes the statutory penalties created by the 21st Century Cures Act. If OIG determines that an individual or entity has committed information blocking, they may be subject up to a $1 million penalty per violation.