ONC Final Rule Addresses Concern With Requirements

ONC Final Rule

On May 1, 2020, the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published its 21st Century Cures Act final rule in the Federal Register, starting the compliance clock on numerous provisions for developers and offerors of certified health IT, healthcare providers and certain health information networks and health information exchange entities (i.e., “actors”). The information blocking provision (as overviewed in another Pivot Point Perspective) in the final rules applies to all actors and they have 6 months to comply.

In this Pivot Point Perspective, we highlight: 

1. The significant changes to the information blocking provision in the final rule from what ONC originally proposed. These changes will provide more flexibility for healthcare providers and include:

  • A revised definition of information blocking and electronic health information (EHI)
  • The new Content and Manner exception to information blocking
  • A revised framework for the Infeasibility exception

2. What healthcare providers need to do now to prepare for the November 1, 2020 compliance date