APMA submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to its Interim Final Rule with Comment Period, “Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT Certification Program: Extension of Compliance Dates and Timeframes in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.”
APMA welcomed the extension of the applicability date for information blocking requirements for providers under the 21st Century Cures Act to April 5, 2021. However, given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, as well as even further extended dates of compliance for health IT vendors, APMA requested that HHS further extend this applicability deadline to be December 31, 2022, so all compliance applicability dates are in alignment. APMA also requested that HHS and ONC work to provide further clarity as to what penalties a provider would face and identify which agency would be responsibility for identifying and enforcing noncompliance. Read this letter and all other comment letters at www.apma.org/CommentLetters.