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Two major federal rules aimed at stopping information blocking and bolstering overall data sharing are now one step closer to being finalized.

Preparing for the Final ONC, CMS Interoperability Rules

With months of prep work and feedback from a wide-range of industry groups, two major federal rules aimed at stopping information blocking and bolstering overall data sharing are now one step closer to being finalized.

According to this recent Fierce Healthcare article, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's (ONC) interoperability and information blocking rule and the CMS proposed interoperability rule are both under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) – the last step before publication.

Although a recent National Law Review article discussed how the OMB did not identify a deadline for completing its review, the review could be completed 90 days before it is published on the Federal Register. The article also highlighted how the ONC received more than 2,000 public comments on its proposed rule, and was asked to issue a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to seek further input from stakeholders.

The comment period for the ONC’s proposed rule related to interoperability and information blocking closed on June 3, 2019. Around this time, we published a story that compiled the feedback from the Sequoia Project, Pew Charitable Trusts, HIMSS, the Health Innovation Alliance, Medical Group Management Association, and others.

While all of these organizations have been actively providing feedback regarding these rules, a recent Accenture study pointed out how most healthcare organizations lag in awareness and preparedness for compliance. Specifically, the study found that 17 percent of healthcare executives are “completely unaware” of new legislation, and 65 percent are only “somewhat” or “vaguely” familiar.

These are pretty alarming statistics considering that the ONC’s proposed rule related to interoperability could go live within 90 days. As such, now is the time for all players in the healthcare ecosystem to get educated and be prepared for the changes that will rapidly be upon us.

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