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Industry scrambling to digest and respond to proposed 'information blocking' rules

March 11, 2019 / Heather Landi

With the comment period for two major rules set to close on May 3, the clock is now ticking for industry groups to dig into the proposals aimed at boosting interoperability and patient access. Is 60 days enough time to unpack the rules? The American Medical Association (AMA) says no, joining electronic health record vendors in calling on federal policy leaders to extend the comment period on the dual information blocking and interoperability rules dropped last month. Both the AMA and the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA), which represents most of the major EHR vendors, are asking for a 30-day extension on the rules’ comment period. Last month, ONC finally unveiled its 724-page information blocking rule (PDF), and CMS released a proposed rule (PDF) taking aim at data blocking. CMS is proposing to require Medicare Advantage organizations, state Medicaid and CHIP fee-for-service programs, Medicaid managed care plans, CHIP managed care entities and QHP issuers in FFS progra...