Session ID: 
109

Patient Access to Medical Records: The Rocky Road to APIs

8:30am - 9:30am Wednesday, March 11
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
W311A

Description

Recent CMS and ONC proposed rules prioritize getting data to patients, including through FHIR APIs, by adding new requirements. OCR requested input on how to improve the HIPAA right of access and at HIMSS 2019 announced a focus on enforcing this right. By HIMSS 2020, there likely will be final regulations creating greater accountability for providing patients with more seamless, digital access to their data. It will be some time before patients (or their apps) will be able to easily access all of their digital data through an EHR. With OCR looking for “big, fat, juicy” cases focusing on the right of access, and ONC prioritizing patient access under information blocking, hear from two former regulators at ONC and OCR on: 1) what are common areas of noncompliance with the HIPAA right of access; 2) how can providers quickly get into compliance; 3) what do new regulatory provisions requiring patient access to data mean for providers, and 4) how can providers prepare for the transition to facilitating more patient data access through EHRs?

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common areas of noncompliance among health care providers and health plans with the legal right of individuals to access their health information
  • Compare the process for patient data access at your institution/practice with processes at other institutions/practices
  • Identify the new obligations for patient record access imposed by new federal rules, such as ONC's prohibition on information blocking and CMS's interoperability and patient access requirements
  • Recognize what you need to do to get processes at your institution/practice into compliance with existing patient rights to data and also prepare for patient access obligations, including API access, under new federal rules

Speaker(s)

Chief Regulatory Officer,
Ciitizen Corporation
Partner,
Crowell & Moring, LLP

Continuing Education Credits

ABPM
1.00
ACPE
1.00
AHIMA
1.00
CAHIMS
1.00
CME
1.00
CNE
1.00
CPHIMS
1.00

Audience

Consumer Groups
Government or Public Policy Professional
Information Management Professional

Level

Intermediate