May 04, 2021
In May 2020, the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule, usually referred to as the “Information Blocking Rule.” After a delay related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rule took effect on April 5, 2021. The rule seeks to promote the free flow of patient data, including empowering patients to have access to their own information.
While the Information Blocking Rule holds many benefits for patients and physicians, it raises some specific considerations for pediatric practices. Those practices may hold confidential data related to, for example, teen reproductive health, sensitive family situations, or adolescent mental health treatment. The rule, however, allows for physicians to keep this information confidential, provided that practices take the proper steps to implement their compliance efforts.
The California Medical Association (CMA) is hosting a webinar— Information Blocking: Special Considerations for Pediatrics—that will help pediatricians understand the Information Blocking Rule, how to comply and how they can best interact with their patients and their families. The one-hour webinar is May 19, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.
If you are unable to join the live webinar, it will be available for on-demand playback shortly after the live event at cmadocs.org/webinars.