Toolkit

Your information blocking toolkit

Electronic health information can be used to help improve health care quality and efficiency, but not if entities that control access to that data use their position to block its availability. The 21st Century Cures Act authorizes HHS to set policies to encourage data sharing and discourage blocking of information.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Cures Act final rule defines which electronic health information (EHI) must be made available. It also established eight categories or "exceptions" that would not be considered information blocking. There are three types of “actors” who are subject to these policies: providers, health IT developers, and health information exchanges and networks (HIE/HIN).

The ONC information blocking provision takes effect on April 5, 2021. As with any set of new regulations, there's a lot of detail to unpack. You’ll need to figure out your compliance strategy, identify gaps in your policies and processes, and have ongoing conversations to address data blocking concerns. Use our resources to get started. This toolkit will be updated as new resources are published, so make sure to bookmark this page for easy access.

 

Get up-to-speed

Information blocking cheat sheet
Learn what the ONC information blocking policies are, who they apply to, and why it’s important to comply.

Are you information blocking?
Check out this infographic on potential blind-spots to avoid in your response to the ONC information blocking provision.

Ready-to-use slides on information blocking
Use these slides to develop educational materials that you can use to build awareness of the ONC information blocking provision among clinicians and staff.

Your guide to HHS' final interoperability rules
Watch this on-demand webinar for a breakdown of everything you need to know about the CMS patient access and interoperability and ONC Cures Act final rules and what they mean for data sharing going forward.

 

Develop your compliance strategy

Quality Reporting Roundtable Networking Session – Information Blocking: Workflow best practices
Watch the recording of our Quality Reporting Roundtable networking session to better understand the biggest quality reporting issues facing health care leaders. Note: This resource is only available to members of the Quality Reporting Roundtable.

How to prioritize your response to the ONC Cures Act final rule
Identify which policies and compliance deadlines apply to you versus your vendor and determine how you can prioritize your response to the ONC Cures Act final rule.

How to figure out your information blocking exposure
Watch this on-demand webinar on how to assess what type of information blocking “actor” you are and how the policies affect you.

FAQs about information blocking
Review the top questions and answers we’ve received as organizations review the ONC information blocking provision and develop their response. We’ll update this list as we receive new FAQs to share best practice approaches.

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