How to prepare for HHS' interoperability rules: 2 experts weigh in

Updated: Apr 22

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Two HHS health IT interoperability rules, issued by CMS and ONC, are in effect and support the MyHeathEData Initiative and 21st Century Cures Act. But hospitals and health systems have some additional time to prepare since enforcement of the rules is delayed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a Nov. 9 session at the Becker's CEO + CFO Virtual Event, sponsored by Change Healthcare, two experts outlined five ways to prepare for the rules, which require CMS-regulated payers to implement and maintain an HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard application programming interfaces by July 2021 and prohibit health IT developers from participating in information blocking, or activities that will interfere with access, exchange or use of electronic health information.

Their five recommendations to prepare:

1. Ensure an action plan for information blocking

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2. Ensure protocols, policies and training for providing patients/proxies easy access to data – and document everything.

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3. Assess your data use agreements.

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4. Be prepared to absorb the financial/operational costs.

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