HealthLeaders Media September 15, 2021
Scott Mace

A letter to ONC demands rule change, but some physician supporters say the change was necessary.


– Patients’ emotional response to serious diagnoses deserve to be overseen by physicians, says AMGA letter.

– Labs may send results to the wrong physician, leading to “dangerous” no-news-is-good-news scenarios.

– Improving care team communication might form the basis for further ONC guidance, physicians agree.

A Federal rule that took effect July 1 has prompted a physician group to write The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to prevent what it sees as new harm to patients receiving automated test results before a physician can speak to them.

The rule, part of the 21st Century Cures Act passed...

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Topics: Cures Act, Govt Agencies, ONC, Patient / Consumer, Physician, Primary care, Provider
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