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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).
Proposed rule for public comment establishes disincentives for health care providers found by the HHS OIG to have committed information blocking. In cases of knowingly and unreasonably interferes with the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information.
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?
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.
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.
By Jordan Everson & Dan Healy – In a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, we leveraged data from the 2020 American Hospital Association Information Technology Supplement gathered from April-June 2021, shortly after the initial applicability date of the information blocking regulations (April 5, 2021).
By David Burda – If there’s one thing healthcare is good at, it’s finger-pointing. It’s always someone else’s fault that costs are too high, quality is too low or access is too limited. The same is true with the sharing of patient health data.
By Rachel Nelson & Kathryn Marchesini – We often get asked about how ONC’s information blocking regulations and HHS’ Office for Civil Rights’ HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules interact with one another. To help clarify, ONC just released a few new information blocking FAQs that illustrate how the federal regulations interact.