Federal “Information Blocking” Regs Expand to Full Set of Patient’s EHI

October 4, 2022

Federal information blocking requirements affecting both individual physicians and physician groups who use electronic health records (EHRs) have expanded. As of Oct. 6, 2022, physicians are now required to provide the full set of patients’ electronic health information (EHI) upon request, making them available without imposing restrictions, excessive delays or other deliberate interference.
When this federal rule first rolled out in April 2021, the requirement focused on a narrow subset of EHI and physicians were only responsible to provide a limited amount of health data, called the United States Core Data for Interoperability. This is the data that is typically included in a patient’s medical record, such as demographics, lab orders, medications, problem histories, etc.
Your EHR vendor also falls under the information blocking regulations. And by Dec. 31, 2022, all EHR vendors are required to provide their clients with newer technology to better access EHI.
Important to note: While the full set of patients’ EHI is now required, the expanded rule specifically excludes psychotherapy notes.
Questions? Policyholders may contact the ISMIE Legal Division by email
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