Entries by Deborah Hsieh, Ciox Chief Policy & Strategy Officer

Expect More From HIPAA Proposed Changes: Easing Information Flow Shouldn’t Mean Reducing Health Data Privacy

Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996. In the 25 years since, healthcare and technology have advanced beyond what any of the original writers of HIPAA could have imagined, creating innovative new tools and mechanisms to share information and to better engage individuals in their healthcare. Go to Electronic Health […]

What is information blocking? Am I an information blocker?

Mike Lipinski, Director of the Regulatory and Policy Affairs Division within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, recently shared some guidance for healthcare providers as they prepare for information blocking enforcement, as described in “21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule.” This blog post […]

Confused About Information Blocking Prohibition? Start Here

On October 29, 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued an Interim Final Rule extending the compliance dates for the agency’s 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule. The extension means that information blocking applicability date was moved to April 5, 2021 from November 2, 2020. What is information blocking? […]

Information Blocking FAQs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published “21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule” in the Federal Register earlier in May. Included in the rule are exceptions that define when denying a request for health information is permissible, and therefore not considered […]

Get Ready for Information Blocking Enforcement

While many providers have been focused on supporting the fight against COVID-19, there is an important milestone looming in November. November 2 marks the beginning of information blocking enforcement, as detailed in the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s “21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program.” […]

Interoperability and information blocking. What now?

Adapting to new conditions introduced by the Coronavirus pandemic has been all-consuming, which is why many organizations asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to delay implementation of the ONC and CMS interoperability rules. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much flexibility granted and on May 1, 2020, the rules were published in the Federal […]

True or False: Patients’ health data is protected by privacy rights

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 and is the framework on which health data protection has been constructed. The regulation fundamentally acknowledged the value of health data and the need for protections. Despite the almost quarter-century that has passed since HIPAA was first enacted, there is relatively limited awareness […]

5 Actions Hospitals Should Take Now to Prepare for Interoperability

Focus on interoperability for health data systems has increased recently given multiple proposed Department of Health and Human Services’ regulations addressing how health data is shared. Healthcare providers are a primary source of health data and should be aware of how to prepare for these new regulations. While each hospital has its unique approach to […]