Interoperability and Information Blocking: Compliance with the ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule
In May 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the “21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT Certification Program” Final Rule (ONC Cures Act Final Rule). It implements provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act designed to advance interoperability; support the access, exchange and use of electronic health information; and address information blocking by health care providers, health information exchanges and health IT developers. In October 2020, the ONC extended the compliance dates in response to the COVID public health emergency, moving the information blocking applicability date to April 5, 2021.
Even with this additional time, complying with the ONC Cures Act Final Rule is a challenge for health centers and other health care providers who must provide patients with access to their electronic health information at no cost. Failing to provide a patient with access (known as “information blocking”) may result in substantial civil monetary penalties. There are exceptions to the definition of information blocking that, if met, provide protection for health care providers. Several of the ONC Cures Act Final Rule exceptions will be familiar to HIPAA covered entities (for example, the preventing harm exception which permits a health care entity to deny access when necessary to prevent harm to a patient or another person); however, to meet many of the exceptions, health care providers will need to implement additional policies, procedures and documentation.
This webinar will provide an overview of the ONC Cures Act Final Rule and discuss the key compliance steps for health care providers.
- Compliance Officers and Risk Managers
- HIPAA Privacy and Security Officers
- Chief Information Officers
After this webinar, you will be better able to:
- Identify the electronic health information that must be provided to patients under the ONC Cures Act Final Rule
- Determine whether to implement any of the exceptions to information blocking
- Document the implementation of an exception or other practices related to information blocking
As Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture. Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2. She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. [Full Bio]
Participants can earn up to 1.20 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.
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- Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email
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- Prerequisites: None
- Target Audience: Compliance Officers and Risk Managers, HIPAA Privacy and Security Officers, Chief Information Officers, C-Suite
- Advanced Preparation: None
- Program Level: All
- Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
- Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to three (3) out of five (5) polling questions.
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- 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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