AMA releases ‘Cures Act’ compliance resources

The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed a two-part educational resource that is designed to help physicians and their practices comply with the provisions of the ‘21st Century Cures Act’ that are related to the “access, exchange, and use of patients’ electronic health information (EHI).”

AMA notes that, “Information blocking (i.e., ‘practices that prevent or materially discourage the access, exchange, or use of EHI’) is a large focus of the new regulations.”

AMA is also stressing that, “EHR vendors and HIE/HINs can receive up to $1 million in civil monetary penalties per violation. Penalties and other ‘disincentives’ for physicians and all other health care providers have yet to be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). However, physicians participating in the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program could see an impact to their Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) incentives if they are found to be information blockers.”

AMA’s educational resources include…

Part 1, which “outlines what information blocking is, key terms to know, examples of information blocking practices, and a summary of exceptions for when physicians may restrict access, exchange, and use of EHI.”

Part 2, which “helps physicians start down the path of compliance, including questions to consider, considerations for maintaining a compliance program, and next steps.”

AMA Cures Act Part 1 Resource (Defines “Information Blocking”)

AMA Cures Act Part 2 Resource (“Information Blocking” Compliance)

AMA Cures Act Final Rules Overview