HHS extends interoperability rule deadlines: 10 key compliance dates  

The new interim last rule, provided Oct. 29, extends the program compliance dates beyond the April extension and likewise develops new future applicability dates for information-blocking provisions..

Jackie Drees –
Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Here are 10 key dates for the brand-new compliance timeline and their corresponding arrangements:.

HHS on March 9 completed 2 interoperability guidelines provided by ONC and CMS to support the MyHealthEData Initiative and 21st Century Cures Act. Enforcement of the rules was postponed in April to allow service providers more time to concentrate on the COVID-19 pandemic action..

” We are hearing that while there is strong assistance for advancing client gain access to and clinician coordination through the provisions in the last guideline, stakeholders likewise must manage the needs being experienced during the present pandemic,” ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Don Rucker, MD, said in the news release. “To be clear, ONC is not getting rid of the requirements advancing client access to their health information that are laid out in the Cures Act final rule. Rather, we are offering extra time to enable everybody in the healthcare environment to focus on COVID-19 action.”.

ONCs final guideline targets necessary activities that do not constitute information-blocking and establishes new policies to avoid information-blocking practices by service providers, health IT developers, health information exchanges and health details networks. The guideline also intends to offer clients more access to their health details by means of smartphone apps of their choice..

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Oct. 29 released a brand-new timeline of compliance dates for certain requirements related to its information-blocking rules..

1. April 5, 2021: Information-blocking arrangements.

2. April 5, 2021: Information-blocking CoC/MoC requirements.

3. April 5, 2021: Assurances CoC/MoC requirements.

4. April 5, 2021: API CoC/MoC requirement.

5. April 5, 2021: Communications CoC/MoC requirements.

6. Dec. 31, 2022: 2015 edition health IT accreditation criteria updates.

7. Dec. 31, 2022: New basic API functionality.

8. Dec. 31, 2023: Electronic health information export.

9. One fiscal year extension: Submission of initial attestations.

10. One calendar year extension: Submission of initial plans and results of genuine world screening.

” We are hearing that while there is strong support for advancing patient access and clinician coordination through the provisions in the final rule, stakeholders also must handle the needs being experienced throughout the current pandemic,” ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Don Rucker, MD, said in the news release. “To be clear, ONC is not getting rid of the requirements advancing client access to their health information that are laid out in the Cures Act final rule. Rather, we are providing additional time to permit everyone in the healthcare community to focus on COVID-19 action.”.

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