PCS Webinar: How the Final Rules on Information Blocking Will Affect Your Organization June 12th @ 12pm

June 12, 2020
12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
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How the Final Rules on Information Blocking Will Affect Your Organization

Event DateJune 12, 2020

Event Time: 12:00 PM EDT

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On May 1, 2020, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simultaneously published their final rules implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. On April 24, 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Proposed Rule on Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) to be imposed against actors who engage in prohibited “Information Blocking.” These new rules and standards will turn on their heads certain policies and procedures that covered entities and business associates may have adopted in accordance with HIPAA and permitted business practices, and now all need to be updated to ensure that they do not violate these new 21st Century CURES’ Act rules. There is a lot on everyone’s minds these days, but deadlines loom around the corner and implementation cannot be completed hastily. Join us for this Webinar to get a lean and focused overview of what you need to do to comply.

The Webinar will cover the following:

Brief review of 21st Century CURES Act and its prohibition against Information Blocking, as well as Patient Access requirements

ONC’s Information Blocking Final Rule:

  • ONC’s Health IT Certification Program, including:
    • Electronic health information export certification criteria
    • HL7® FHIR® Release 4 Standards for API Certification
    • Communications Condition and Maintenance of Certification
  • Information Blocking, including:
    • Who are “Actors” subject to the Rule’s Info Blocking provisions?
    • What constitutes “interference with” Access, Exchange, or Use of electronic health information (EHI)
    • Detailed review of the Eight (8) Exceptionsthat will not be considered information blocking IF the criteria of such exceptions are strictly met. The 8 Exceptions to Information Blocking include: (1) Preventing Harm; (2) Privacy; (3) Security; (4) Infeasibility; (5) Health IT Performance; (6) Content & Manner; (7) Fees; (8) Licensing
    • Compliance timelines/deadlines, including ONC’s announcement to delay enforcement

CMS’s Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule, including:

  • Overview of requirements that give patients better access to their health information and mandates greater interoperability through: 
    • Patient Access API;
    • Provider Directory API;
    • Payer-to-Payer Data Exchange;
    • Increasing Frequency of Federal-State Data Exchanges;
    • Public Reporting of Information Blocking practices;
    • Digital Contact Information; and
    • Admission, Discharge, and Transfer (ADT) Event Notifications
  • Compliance timelines/deadlines, including CMS’ announcement to delay enforcement

OIG’s Proposed Rule for Civil Monetary Penalties

How the ONC & CMS Final Rules will affect Organizations’ HIPAA Policies governing Uses & Disclosures of Protected Health Informationand Patient Access to electronic health information.