ONC Extends Deadline for Compliance with its Information Blocking and Interoperability Rule

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The deadline for compliance with the information blocking and health IT certification requirements of the 21st Century Cures Act has been extended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On October 29, 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced the release of an interim final rule with comment period that extended the compliance dates and timeframes for meeting certain information blocking and Conditions and Maintenance of Certification (CoC/MoC) requirements.

The ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule, released on March 9, 2020, defined exceptions to the information blocking provision of the 21st Century Cures Act and adopted new Health IT certification requirements which, through the use of application programming interfaces (APIs), would enhance patients’ access to their own health data through their smartphones at no cost.

Compliance deadlines were...

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