Last week we were delighted to learn the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) finally extended the November 1st compliance date and timeframes for the Information Blocking contained within the ONC Cures Act. The extension allows providers the time to continue their focus on the COVID-19 response.
This is welcome news to most provider organizations. Based on discussions with our clients over the past few months, we are finding a broad range of understanding about the actual regulations, what activities organizations must undertake to ensure compliance, and unexpected areas of exposure.
Given the new compliance date of April 5, 2021, provider organizations now have the time to engage the necessary stakeholders to ensure thorough risk and readiness assessment activities, to organize a thorough compliance implementation plan, to make the necessary configuration changes to health-IT applications including EHRs and patient portals, to provide effective communication to patients and providers about those changes, and to update HIPAA privacy policies and procedures.
Our team of experienced CIOs, clinical informaticists, and application specialists are prepared to help your organization address any gaps in your information blocking compliance plan.
We’d like to schedule a call to discuss your approach for information blocking compliance, and to determine if there may be opportunities for Culbert to assist in your efforts. firstname.lastname@example.org
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