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New ONC/CMS Rules to Impact Access to Electronic Health Information, Patient Access to Data

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a final rule implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) related to electronic health information blocking, interoperability and the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Cert Program). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also issued a final rule on patient access to data and interoperability.  

Provisions in these rules regarding information blocking and application program interfaces (APIs) will impact interoperability and the way data is exchanged between patients, physicians, payers, technology developers, and other health care stakeholders. The rules also promote patient access and price transparency. The AMA has shared an analysis on the ONC and CMS rules and their impact for physicians and patients. Read the AMA’s analysis here.

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