HHS sets release date for interoperability rule: 3 things to know

HHS will formally publish CMS and ONC guidelines to the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking and the ONC Health IT Certification Program March 4.

Three things to know:

1. The rules include a 60-day comment period, open to responses from the public until May 3. The comment period will begin March 4.

2. Within the guidelines, CMS proposed requirements to expand patient access to medical records and other health information electronically by 2020.

3. CMS also proposed that the healthcare industry adopt standardized application programming interfaces to provide patients with easier access to their electronic health information.

To view HHS' public inspection document, click here.

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