Health information blocking

FTC: ONC rule could distort competition, impede innovation – Health Article

The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in regarding a proposed rule on information blocking from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In a letter to ONC, the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Economics and Bureau of Competition recommends that the agency consider changes to ensure that its final rule “does not inadvertently distort competition or inhibit conduct that is affirmatively procompetitive and consumer friendly.” ONC’s proposed rule seeks to implement the information blocking provisions of…

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ONC, CMS proposed rules continue to come under fire from stakeholders – Health Article

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should scrap their proposed rules on interoperability and start over. That’s the contention of the Health Innovation Alliance (formerly Health IT Now), a coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers. Earlier this year, ONC issued a proposed rule—along with a companion rule from CMS—intended to make electronic health information accessible to both patients and providers. However, stakeholders have questioned whether the…

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