HHS Finalizes Interoperability Rules

On March 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Human Services (HHS) finalized two transformative rules that will give patients unprecedented safe, secure access to their health data. Interoperability has been pursued by multiple administrations and numerous laws, and today, these rules finally deliver on giving patients true access to their healthcare data to make informed healthcare decisions and better manage their care. Putting patients in charge of their health records is a key piece of giving patients more control in healthcare, and patient control is at the center of the Trump administration’s work toward a value-based healthcare system.

The two rules, issued by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), implement interoperability and patient access provisions of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and support President Trump’s MyHealthEData initiative. MyHealthEData is designed to empower patients around a common aim – giving every American access to their medical information so they can make better healthcare decisions.

To read the HHS press release, please visit: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/03/09/hhs-finalizes-historic-rules-to-provide-patients-more-control-of-their-health-data.html

For more information on the ONC final rule, please visit: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=f38dbe61-afd9974a-f38d8f5e-0cc47a6d17cc-bffa0ac2011a7cad&u=https://healthit.gov/curesrule

For more information on the CMS final rule, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/interoperability-and-patient-access-fact-sheet

To view the CMS final rule, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Interoperability/index

To view the ONC final rule, please visit: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=f9e21b2d-a5b63206-f9e22a12-0cc47a6d17cc-f19fbf5cef959860&u=https://healthit.gov/curesrule