HHS Finalizes Rule Establishing Disincentives for Health Care Providers That Have Committed Information Blocking

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule on June 24, establishing penalties for hospitals, health systems, and clinicians that block patient information exchange. Key penalties include loss of status as a meaningful EHR user, MIPS-eligible clinicians will not be allowed to participate in the Promoting Interoperability category, and ACOs will lose the ability to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings program for one year. HHS may introduce additional disincentives in the future, adding to their current disincentives in which IT companies and developers already face fines of up to $1 million for information blocking under existing penalties.

Greenlight stands as a leader in the EHR movement, dedicated to creating more transparency between patients and providers. Removing the silos that have created friction within the healthcare journey is at the heart of our mission. With support from organizations like HHS, we are holding a torch towards a more unified, patient-focused industry. 

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