The Act addresses many issues, but we’re going to look at how it relates to your Patients’ and Residents’ access to their Health Records. In order to make sure everyone receives the highest level of care, the CURES ACT makes “information blocking” illegal. It defines information blocking as a practice that interferes with or prevents access to electronic health information, that is, information about a patient's medical history or treatment. The patient-related requirements mandate that, upon request, you make EHR data available to your residents.
The detailed rules are much more complex and include exceptions, butthe goal is to finally make data both accessible to patients directly and more interoperable for sharing with providers and applications of the patient's choice.
Your primary initial consideration when addressing patient access is regulatory compliance. There are regulations from the Office of the National Coordinator (“ONC”), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS), and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG), all designed to ensure that you focus on their goal of accessibility and interoperability
Generally, yes. By definition, it applies to health care providers, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, home health entities, and other long-term care facilities and health care clinics. The exceptionsmay provide some relief, but if you do not fall into one of those exceptions, never fear. There is still time to quickly get compliant and even strengthen your business along the way.Information Blocking Exceptions
This is where the Electronic Health Record (EHR) you have chosen comes into play. Some EHR’s have their own Patient Portal in which case all you need to do is make sure your Patients have access to their Portals and that you are allowing for the transfer of all the information they’ll need, such as Vaccinations, Medications, Conditions, Allergies, and more.
EHRs without a Patient Portal, such as PointClickCare, often use APIs (which is just a fancy way of saying that it allows other validated solutions to work seamlessly with PointClickCare) and provide a Marketplace of applications that may be able to meet your expanded needs. If your EHR doesn’t have a Patient Portal or a Marketplace, you still may want to start by viewing the PointClickCare Marketplace as a source for curated resources. If there are solutions of interest, just contact the vendors directly to see if they have an offering that fits your needs. We would suggest that you take a look at HealthHive, but look around and see what best satisfies your needs. (Full Disclosure: we have a vested interest in HealthHive, but we, along with our highly loyal Hive family, think it’s a great solution.)
Take this as an opportunity to continue to build on your resident relationship while you bring more value to your partners. In addition to meeting the regulatory mandates related to data access, you can:
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