On March 9, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized two rules issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that implement interoperability and patient access provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and support President Trump’s MyHealthEData initiative, designed to empower patients and give them access to their medical record information.
The ONC Final Rule identifies and finalizes rules to prevent information blocking, advances “common data” through the US Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) and establishes secure, standards-based application programming interface (API) requirements to support patient access to his/her medical record information.
The CMS Final Rule requires health plans in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHIP, and the federal Exchanges to share claims data electronically with patients and establishes a new Condition of Participation (CoP) for all Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals requiring them to send electronic notifications to another healthcare facility or community provider or practitioner when a patient is admitted, discharged, or transferred.
For more information on the ONC Final Rule, click here.
For more information on the CMS Final Rule, click here.