The way golfers warn each other about a really hard ball speeding toward another golfer’s head is by yelling FORE! Unlike other weird golf terms like slice, birdie and bogey, fore is an incredibly appropriate term that basically means “before something else happens.” This week, the HHS agency with jurisdictional oversight over health care provider’s electronic medical record system vendors, like Epic, Allscripts, and Cerner, yelled FORE! to warn about a major new set of requirements. Using 556 big pages in the pre-Federal Register version, the ONC gave E.H.R. vendors about two months’ warning and an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. Lots of sand traps and water hazards here — there are new reporting requirements, changes to information blocking exceptions, transparency rules for AI tools, and adding items to the core data set that E.H.R.s are supposed to collect and easily exchange with other systems. (See here, here, here for further explanation). Yelling FORE! one more time, the ONC also announced its intention to issue additional rules soon; one will be about how to make sure health care providers aren’t blocking information, and another is about improving information sharing across systems. Now, the question is, will the entities impacted by these rules be able to keep on par without having a stroke? (See what we did there?).
April 17, 2023 | 3 min read
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