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What is Information Blocking?

What Is Information Blocking and to Whom Does It Apply? (1)

Information blocking is a practice by an "actor" that is likely to interfere with the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information (EHI), except as required by law or specified in an information blocking exception. The Cures Act applied the law to healthcare providers, health IT developers of certified health IT, and health information exchanges (HIEs)/health information networks (HINs).

What is an "actor"? (2) (4)

  1. Health Care Provider Includes: physician; practitioner, therapists, chiropractors, and more!

  2. Health Information Network or Health Information Exchange

  3. Health IT Developer of Certified Health IT

What are the deadlines? (5)

The original deadline for actors to comply was 10/6/2022, but it was then extended to 12/31/2022.

Are there any exclusions?

Yes... But in my opinion, it would be very difficult to meet the requirements. It is easier to comply.

Eight information blocking exceptions were established in the 2020 Cures Act Final Rule. When an actor’s practice meets the condition(s) of an exception, it will not be considered information blocking. (1)

We have finalized eight exceptions that are divided into two categories: (3) • Exceptions that involve not fulfilling requests to access, exchange, or use EHI; and

• Exceptions that involve procedures for fulfilling requests to access, exchange, or use EHI

What are the exclusions? (1)


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