Lexology December 17, 2019
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed rules implementing the information blocking prohibition in the 21st Century Cures Act. “Information blocking” refers to activities that unreasonably limit the availability and use of electronic health information (EHI), undermining public and private investments in the nation’s health IT infrastructure and frustrating efforts to use technology to improve healthcare quality and efficiency.

The proposed rule—designed to create a more interoperable healthcare system that supports seamless data exchange and improved care coordination—is likely to be adopted in final form in late 2019 or early 2020. Once the rule goes into effect, it will...