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Are You Ready for Information Blocking Compliance?

The information blocking provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act will impact virtually every healthcare stakeholder with access to electronic health information.

AHIMA’s one-stop resource will equip HIM professionals with guidance in relevant areas, including privacy and security and information governance, while also empowering them to provide evidence-based strategies to collaborators in every healthcare domain.

Follow the navigation below based on your organization’s information blocking journey:

  • Essentials: This overview provides resources on the information blocking rules, compliance FAQs, implementation checklists, and timelines
  • News Updates: Regular updates on resources and news from across the healthcare landscape
  • Information Blocking Resources: Includes thought leadership from the field, including expert interviews, strategies, and case studies


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July 28, 2021

How to Manage Legacy Data in the Age of Information Blocking

In this slideshow, Harmony Healthcare IT, a data management firm, explains why successful legacy data management will benefit your health system’s patients and ensure your organization stays in compliance with information blocking mandates.

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July 15, 2021

Is a Digital Front Door the Key to Information Blocking?

As hospitals work to comply with the Information Blocking rules, providers need to consider how to provide patients with their health data in ways that are secure, easy to access, and effective for continuing on their unique care journeys.

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June 1, 2021

Five Tips to Reach True Interoperability

Today, the 21st Century Cures Act mandates interoperability and electronic access to patient health data. Consider these five tips to help comply with the rules and become a part of advancing patient-centric interoperability.

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April 28, 2021

Interoperability Is Catching FHIRA Strategic Approach to Complying with the Cures Act

How payers can strengthen their ability to securely share and leverage health data on the road to Cures Act compliance.

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April 8, 2021

Using Health Information to Create a Robust Patient Centered Ecosystem

On this episode of HI Pitch, Elise Sweeney Anthony, executive director of policy at ONC, speaks to the intention behind and impact of information blocking regulations, and discusses upcoming FAQs developed for those affected by information blocking. She also provides a preview of ONC’s priorities under the new administration.

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April 5, 2021

Managing Third Party Access Requests Under the Information Blocking Rules

On this episode of HI Pitch, Gerry Blass, president and CEO at ComplyAssistant, and Helen Oscislawski, attorney at Oscislawski LLC, discuss the different types of third-party requests for access to eHI under the information blocking rules—and how to respond to them.

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March 29, 2021

Information Blocking: The Future of Healthcare in America

Seth Katz, vice president of HIM and Revenue Cycle at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, talks to HI Pitch about how information blocking will succeed where previous programs have come up short, in addition to the implications of patients controlling their own data. He also discusses how health systems can better manage risks in an information blocking environment, as well the future of healthcare as a whole.

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March 22, 2021

Managing the Security Vulnerabilities with the Information Blocking RulesHow Information Blocking Will be a Catalyst for Next Generation HIEs

Scott Galbari, chief technology officer at Lyniate, talks to HI Pitch about how actors should navigate the potential security risks and vulnerabilities that can accompany complying with the information blocking rules. He also shares some advice for actors looking to partner with a vendor to improve compliance.

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March 17, 2021

A Strategic Approach to Complying with the Cures Act

Even though the compliance dates for the interoperability rule keep shifting due to the pandemic, it is critical that healthcare organizations create the framework for regulatory compliance now—if they haven’t already.

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March 17, 2021

Interoperability Needs to Be About Populations, Not Just Individual Patients

Our collective thinking about interoperability is still immature when it comes to the population-level use cases needed to drive outcomes for value-based care, especially those related to reducing the cost of care.

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March 15, 2021

How Information Blocking Will be a Catalyst for Next Generation HIEs

Laurie Peters, RHIA, CCS, CHPS, the HIE client director at Orion Health, sits down with HI Pitch to discuss the myriad ways that the upcoming information blocking rules will help improve data exchange in health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information networks.

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March 10, 2021

Five Myths About Information Blocking

Conversations with healthcare providers have yielded some common misconceptions that distract from the goal of complying with the information blocking prohibition.

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March 10, 2021

How the Information Blocking Rule Will Bring True Innovation to Healthcare

While two banks 8,100 miles apart can share information in near real-time, two hospitals across the street from each other cannot (and in some cases will not).

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Webinar | 1 CEU

Practical Steps in Complying with The 21st Century Cures Act and Information Blocking

This presentation provides a high-level overview of information blocking compliance. Register now and watch at your convenience.

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March 10, 2021

Threading the HIPAA Needle Through Information Blocking

Take a closer look at the difference between HIPAA’s “right of access” as compared to the Preventing Harm Exception found in the information blocking rule.

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March 8, 2021

Information Blocking: One Hospital’s Road to Compliance

Roberta Baranda, the director of HIM for Valley Children’s Healthcare, joins the podcast to discuss her organization’s efforts to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act’s information blocking provisions.

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March 1, 2021

Making Sense of the Preventing Harm Exception

Helen Oscislawski, Esq., joins HI Pitch host Mary Butler to discuss the finer points of the rule’s “preventing harm” exception, particularly when it applies to the release of labs and diagnostic test results.

February 25, 2021

Understanding the Eight Exceptions to Information Blocking

Embedded within the rules of the 21st Century Cures Act are eight exceptions that empower providers to deny EHI requests without being tagged as information blockers.

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February 22, 2021

Getting to Know the Information Blocking Exceptions

Gerry Blass, president and CEO of Comply Assistant, and attorney Helen Oscislawski, talk to Mary Butler about the challenges their clients have faced as they prepare to comply with the Information Blocking Final Rule.

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February 19, 2021

The Compliance Clock is Ticking on ONC’s 21st Century Cures Act Regulations

April 5 marks a transformative day in healthcare data exchange. Here’s what health information professionals need to know.

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February 10, 2021

Five Strategies for Your Organization’s Information Blocking Plan

This AHIMA checklist includes five strategies designed to help HIM professionals build compliance infrastructure, spark inter-departmental collaboration, and create implementation templates customized to your organization.

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January 25, 2021

AHIMA’s Information Blocking Awareness Campaign

Journal of AHIMA Editor Matt Schlossberg previews the tools and resources AHIMA has been developing to help as HIM departments and health IT stakeholders race toward the first information blocking compliance deadlines in April.

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January 4, 2021

There’s an API for That

The Cures Act gives patients unprecedented power over their own health data. HIM professionals will play a big part in helping consumers wield it responsibly and securely.

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December 14, 2020

Prepare Without Delay: The Information Blocking Final Rule

Experts Debra Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, and Jaime James, MHA, RHIA, offer practical advice and answer questions about the new regulations.

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December 7, 2020

Requesting Medical Records

The Cures Act gives consumers unprecedented control over their health information. It is up to health organizations and HIM leaders to ensure patients wield that power safely and responsibly.

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October 5, 2020

Federal Regulators Put Patients in the Driver’s Seat

Providers and payers need to be ready to fulfill data requests without delay.

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Information Blocking FAQs

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology answers commonly asked questions about IB.

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Individual Access to Health Information

AHIMA's policy statement including our position, background on the topic, and the current situation.

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