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Lunch & Learn with PHA: Updating Your Policies to Comply with Information Blocking Rules
Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinar/Call

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This event is Free for PHA Members.

As of April 5, 2021, health care providers (defined broadly) are required to comply with “information blocking” regulations implemented by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) under the 21st Century Cures Act. Broadly speaking, healthcare providers (and others) must eliminate practices that interfere with patients’ ability to easily access their electronic health information (EHI).

Examples of “information blocking” include:

  • Requiring a patient to provide consent before sharing the patient’s EHI with other providers for treatment or care coordination, if such consent is not required by law; or
  • Taking days to respond to an EHI request when the provider has the capability to provide same-day access to EHI.

Healthcare providers are not required to buy new or different EMR technology if they do not already have such technology, however, providers are required to work with requestors to find alternative ways to provide EHI, where technical limitations exist. The rules also do not replace obligations under HIPAA to provide patients with access to protected health information, although in many cases fulfilling a patient’s EHI request under the Rule is likely to satisfy HIPAA requirements.

Have questions? Topics will include:

  • An overview of the rules;
  • Which “healthcare providers” are subject to them;
  • Potential penalties and “disincentives;”
  • HIPAA and other privacy issues;
  • Open Notes best practices; and
  • Tips on drafting/revising your agency policies.

Scott D. Patterson, CIPP/US, Partner

Members - Free
Non-Members - $149.00