How will your practice be impacted by the 21st Century Cures Act?

All healthcare providers are affected by the 21st Century Cures Act, which goes into effect April 5, 2021.

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How will your practice be impacted by the 21st Century Cures Act?

All healthcare providers are affected by the 21st Century Cures Act, which goes into effect April 5, 2021.The act requires that all healthcare providers, including acupuncturist, give patients access without charge to all their health information without delay.

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, information blocking is now ILLEGAL. Thus, if you get a request from another provider for patient information, you are required to provide that information. 

21st Century Cures Act applies to all Health Information including but not limited to:
Electronic health records (EHR) information in certified software
EHR information in non-certified software
Digital Images
Paper Chart
Consultation notes
Discharge summary notes
History & physical
Imaging narratives
Laboratory report narratives
Pathology report narratives
Procedure notes
Progress notes
Plain Films
Any and all other patient health information

No matter how you keep your records, if you block the transfer of information you are in violation of this rule.

If you are using electronic health records it is imperative to contact your vendor to assure their system has a protocol for such compliance.

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