DOTmed September 15, 2020
John D’Amore

Although the COVID-19 pandemic led the federal government to delay enforcement of new patient access and interoperability rules, that doesn’t mean health insurers should lose focus on these important and groundbreaking regulations.

These two “transformative” rules – one from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the other from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – are intended to “put patients first” by giving patients safe and secure access to their own health data, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

A key objective of both rules is to provide patients and members the ability to use third-party apps on their smartphones, effectively letting them exercise the same control...

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