The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published the Information Blocking Final Rule on May 1, 2020. The Information Blocking Rule (45 C.F.R. Part 171) went into effect on June 30, 2020. The compliance deadline, originally scheduled for November 2, 2020, has been extended to April 5, 2021.
The Information Blocking Rule implements a requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act, which prohibits healthcare providers, health information technology (IT) developers, health information networks (HINs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) from impermissibly interfering with the access, exchange or use of electronic health information (EHI).
Health Current, Arizona’s HIE is providing the following documents to assist organizations to comply with the new rule.
Information Blocking Compliance Check-Up: Updating HIPAA Policies and Procedures
With the compliance deadline looming, it is important that healthcare providers subject their existing health information policies and practices to a check-up. This check-up will help providers identify their health information practices that might implicate the prohibition against information blocking. Including the following:
- Overview of the Information Blocking Rule
- The Preventing Harm, Privacy and Security Safe Harbors
- HIPAA Policies and Procedures Checklist
- Practice Tips for Updating HIPAA Policies and Procedures
No Information Blocking Policy
The purpose of this policy is to support Organizations’ commitment to facilitating the timely Access, Exchange and Use of Electronic Health Information (EHI) in compliance with Applicable Law.
Information Blocking FAQs
What healthcare providers need to know about information blocking compliance.