Katie Westfall and Matt Reid, with the American Medical Association, presented in a webinar for the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), on what information blocking is and how physicians can comply.
Last year the federal government released new rules and requirements on the access, exchange and use of patients electronic health information (EHI). The regulations prohibit information blocking. These are practices that are likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage the access, exchange or use of EHI.
Physicians, hospitals, EHR vendors, health information exchanges and networks are all subject to ONC’s rules and are collectively referred to as “Actors.” Actors were required to comply with ONC’s information blocking regulations starting April 2, 2021.
Katie and Matt provided provide information to physicians on the information blocking requirements and how to develop a compliance program. They also explored the intersection with other federal laws like HIPAA and Michigan regulations.
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About the author:
Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business practice focused primarily on helping clients to navigate complex licensing and regulatory issues related to state and federal health care laws and regulations. She assists health care clients with a number of corporate and contractual issues and disputes, including third party payor audits, insurance coverage matters, and reviewing, drafting and negotiating various contractual agreements. She also represents health care professionals and facilities in connection with licensing investigations and other enforcement actions by state and federal agencies.
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