The Department of Health and Human Services Oct. 30 released a proposed rule intended to create disincentives for health care providers to interfere with the access, exchange or use of electronic health information. Under the rule, which implements a provision of the 21st Century Cures Act, health care providers that HHS’ Office of Inspector General determines have committed information blocking and refers that determination to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would be ineligible for certain incentives under the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program and Shared Savings Program, HHS said. The agency will publish the proposed rule in the Nov. 1 Federal Register with comments accepted through Jan. 2.
Individual hospitals, state associations support AHA lawsuit and urge court to set aside OCR online tracking rule
Seventeen state hospital associations and 30 hospitals and health systems Jan. 12 filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the AHA in its lawsuit…