Preparing Your Organization for the ONC/HHS Information Blocking Rule

Understand what the information blocking rule will mean for healthcare stakeholders—and how you can be sure your organization is ready to meet the new requirements.

Earlier this year, the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed rules implementing the information blocking prohibition in the 21st Century Cures Act. “Information blocking” refers to activities that unreasonably limit the availability and use of electronic health information (EHI), undermining public and private investments in the nation’s health IT infrastructure and frustrating efforts to use technology to improve healthcare quality and efficiency.

The proposed rule—designed to create a more interoperable healthcare system that supports seamless data exchange and improved care coordination—is likely to be adopted in final form in late 2019 or early 2020. Once the rule goes into effect, it will impose significant compliance obligations on healthcare stakeholders, including providers, electronic health record vendors and health information exchanges. Non-compliance could trigger serious consequences. For example, health information exchanges and networks are subject to penalties of up to $1 million for lack of interoperability.

How can you be sure your organization is prepared and compliant when the new rule is implemented? Find out at a new Manatt webinar. During the session, Manatt will explain the key provisions of the rule and answer critical questions, including:

  • Who will be impacted by the rule—and how?
  • What practices implicate the prohibition on information blocking?
  • What exceptions to the prohibition are ONC and HHS proposing—and what issues do those exceptions present?
  • What can healthcare industry stakeholders do now to get their organizations ready for the new requirements?

Presenters
Robert Belfort, Partner, Manatt Health
Helen Pfister, Partner, Manatt Health
Randi Seigel, Partner, Manatt Health

Date and Time:
Thursday, October 10

CLE:
This program has been approved for 1.0 CA General MCLE credit, 1.0 NY CLE Professional Practice credit (transitional and non-transitional), and 1.0 IL General MCLE credit.