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The Cures Act Information Blocking Rule: Impact on Data Access, Interoperability, and Security


The Cures Act Information Blocking Rule: Impact Kem Tolliver, CMOM, CPC, CMPE President, Medical Revenue Cycle Specialists Bowie, MDon Data Access, Interoperability, and Security

"The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2016.1 The overarching goal of this legislation was to modernize the US healthcare system through technology and science, which can enhance national interoperability by promoting the sharing of health information.2


In May 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published the Final Rule of the Cures Act, which is designed to ensure that patients have access to their electronic health information (EHI). The ruling also supports provider needs regarding clinical data sharing and addresses industry-wide information blocking practices.3


To be compliant and offer the best support to their patients, healthcare providers need to understand the provisions of the Final Rule as it pertains to creating, maintaining, and sharing patient health data, and the impact of this legislation on their practices."


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  1. US Food and Drug Administration. 21st Century Cures Act. January 31, 2020. www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/selected-amendments-fdc-act/21st-century-cures-act. Accessed September 27, 2022.

  2. HealthIT.gov. Health IT legislation. Updated August 9, 2022. www.healthit.gov/topic/laws-regulation-and-policy/health-it-legislation. Accessed September 30, 2022.

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