Info Blocking

Ask the Expert Series

In preparation for info blocking compliance, our “Ask the Expert” series features posts on compliance preparedness and implications of the rule. Each post is shaped by a conversation with an expert in the industry.





How does info blocking affect small practices?

Many large healthcare organizations have been preparing for the upcoming info blocking compliance deadline with a task force of representatives from their legal, information technology (IT), security, compliance, clinician and other teams. What if, however, you are part of a small practice with no dedicated legal, IT, security or compliance team? Health care quality and IT expert Jessica Peterson, MD, MPH, weighs in on some important things for small practices to remember as they prepare to comply.

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From an attorney’s perspective, how should organizations prepare to comply with the info blocking rule?

Helen Oscislawski, Esq. has over 20 years of experience working with various health care clients, including health information exchanges, hospitals and health care systems. As she works with clients to help prepare them to comply with the information blocking rule (IBR), she’s seen organizations share both challenges and successes. One piece of advice? Don’t assume that HIPAA compliance translates into compliance with the IBR. Read more of Helen’s advice on how organizations should prepare to comply.

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How does the information blocking rule affect payers? Will it help accelerate the shift to a pay-for-performance model?

As health IT developers, health information networks/exchanges and providers all prepare to comply with the info blocking rule, where are payers focusing their attention? What does increased transparency and data sharing mean for payment models? Health IT expert and former UnitedHealthcare Clinical Services Chief Health Information Officer Anupam Goel, MD, MBA, weighs in on these questions and more in this week’s “Ask the Expert” post.

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How and why did the info blocking rule evolve?

When Genevieve Morris was appointed in 2017 as the Principal Deputy National Coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), ONC had been charged with writing a rule to address the interoperability and patient access provisions of the Cures Act. Morris played an integral role in the drafting of the rule. In this week’s post, she shares with us some background information about how the rule evolved and what policymakers hope it will achieve.

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What does the OpenNotes movement have to do with info blocking?

Are you prepared for patients to read that they’re “SOB”? (Short of breath, that is, but you can see how it could lead to a misunderstanding). In this week’s post, physician informaticist Craig Joseph, MD, shares why clinicians should consider what increased note sharing means for them and their patients, and why they may want to change some of their documentation practices.

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