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Information Blocking Regulations: What to know and how to comply

Learning Objectives
1. Explain the new federal regulations concerning information blocking
2. Identify which exceptions to use and when
3. Select best methods to comply with regulation and incorporate in practice
0.75 Credit CME

Information blocking can occur in many forms. Physicians can experience info blocking when trying to access patient records from other providers, connecting their electronic health record (EHR) systems to local health information exchanges (HIEs), migrating from one EHR to another, and linking their EHRs with a clinical data registry. Patients can also experience info blocking when trying to access their medical records or when sending their records to another provider.

New federal regulations that went into effect on April 5, 2021 require “Actors” to limit any interference with the access, exchange, or use of patients' electronic health information. Physicians are one of the three main actor groups, including EHR vendors and HIEs. All Actors must implement a compliance program by the April deadline. This activity will help you understand what the info blocking regulations are, what they mean to you as a physician, and key considerations and next steps in order to stand up a compliance program within your medical practice.

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Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.75 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.75 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.75 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.75 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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