New Federal Rule Establishes Penalties for Information Blocking

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) announces new costly fines of up to $1 million per information blocking violation as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. These penalties are specific to health information exchanges, health information networks, and EHR vendors. While the Information Blocking Rule applies to providers as well, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is expected to establish provider disincentives later this fall. Any reports of information blocking by entities can be made online at the ONC Information Blocking Portal or the OIG Hotline.

Greenlight enables stakeholders to easily comply and thrive within the new federal rules by providing healthcare data interoperability through digital medical record data sharing. We are proud to make medical record sharing as simple as it should be, in all cases standing with and directed by the patient.

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