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Confused about information blocking? Turn to the experts

Although the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT’s info-blocking rules have now been in effect for months, many healthcare organizations are still reporting confusion about how to come into compliance.

In fact, some say they don’t know what info-blocking actually entails – or how to avoid it.

“Information blocking is a practice that interferes with access, exchange, or use of electronic health information, unless the practice is required by law or falls under an exception,” explained Adam Greene, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

“That being said, a healthcare provider is only information blocking if it knows its practice is unreasonable,” Greene continued.

Greene will be presenting at HIMSS21 this summer – along with healthcare attorney Amy Leopard from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings – on common misconceptions around ONC’s info-blocking rule and how providers can come into compliance with it.

“One common misconception is that the information blocking rule requires you to proactively post electronic health information to a patient portal, without first receiving a request to do so,” explained Greene.”Providers need to evaluate whether they engage in activities that would subject them to the rules governing health information networks or HIT developers,” Leopard added.Such rules, along with the activities defining each […]

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