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Cures Act Interoperability Rule on Pediatric Clinicians in 21st Century

Interoperability: Definition and Why It Matters to Independent Pediatricians
Cures Act Interoperability Rule on Pediatric Clinicians in 21st Century

Cures Act Interoperability Rule on Pediatric Clinicians in 21st Century

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC),The 21st Century Cures Act encourages the entry, sharing, and use of electronically protected health information simply and safely. The Cures Act also aims to improve patient access to medical records.

What is the Cures Act?

In December of 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. On June 30, 2020, the final rule went into effect.

The Cures Policy aims to protect that doctors effectively use technology to share electronic health records with patients and provide patients with their health information in circumstances where it is available for use, exchange, and access. The Act also promotes interoperability, allowing electronic health information to be exchanged among healthcare providers.

The Cures Act for Pediatricians: What to Expect

Changes to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are all part of the Cures Act (NIH). The health IT sector, EHR distributors, and finally pediatric practices will be controlled by these federal agencies and committees.

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which will implement information blocking enforcement, is responsible for pediatricians. CMS will release the penalty framework soon.

What this means for pediatric clinicians

Pediatricians should use the opportunity to lobby for implementation that ensures that patients have secure and equal access to their clinical data. Pediatricians can help their patients comply by:

  • Determining how their practice, scheme, and EHR vendor are dealing with the new rule.

  • Trying to obtain and receiving instruction at their practice or system via the ONC website.

  • Familiarizing themselves with the provisions and exceptions for communication blocking.

  • Reviewing and amending office procedures on patient information sharing.

  • Processes are being updated to eliminate barriers to patients' access to EHI.

  • Clarifying procedures and regulations on how the practice/health system can use the exceptions to information blocking.

  • Highlighting any business processes that could be construed as obstructing knowledge flow.


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