Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT Certification Program: Extension of Compliance Dates and Timeframes in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued an interim final rule extending compliance deadlines for the information blocking and health IT certification requirements in the 21st Century Cures Act. ONC cites the continuing public health threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the delay. Providers, health information exchanges, and electronic health records vendors subject to information blocking have five more months to comply with the information blocking rules under the Cures Act, as the compliance date is now April 5, 2021. ONC’s new compliance time frames for the other regulatory provisions can be accessed in the rule.
For more information on key provisions of the regulations implementing the information blocking and health IT certification requirements of the Cures Act, see the Manatt Insights summary and recent webinars (links in column L).