March 24, 2021
The federal information blocking rule, issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), takes effect on April 5, 2021. The rule, called for under the 21st Century Cures Act, is intended to enable more widespread access, use and exchange of patient data. It will, with some exceptions, prohibit any action defined as “information blocking” by physicians, hospitals and health information technology vendors. Information blocking is defined as practices that prevent or materially discourage the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information.
The California Medical Association (CMA) has published a frequently asked questions document to help physicians understand this new rule and how to comply. The document will be updated regularly as new questions arise.
View the FAQ here.