New Data Blocking and Interoperability Rules: Implications for Healthcare Providers, Payers, Vendors

Navigating the Shift in Healthcare Information Technology and Complying With the Rules

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, May 7, 2020

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Course Materials

This CLE course will guide healthcare counsel on the final data blocking and interoperability rules. The panel will discuss the implications for healthcare providers, payers, and vendors. The panel will also offer best practices for addressing the changes and steps for complying with the new rules.


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued its new interoperability and information blocking rule on Mar. 9, 2020, finalizing its policies for prohibiting information blocking. The new regulation impacts healthcare providers, health IT developers, exchanges, and networks, as well as any entity that accesses, exchanges, and uses EHI. It also establishes application programming interface (API) requirements, including for patients' access to their health information without special effort.

The new CMS rule requires payers participating in CMS programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the federal exchanges, to make the data available so that patients can electronically access their personal health information at no cost. Further, hospitals and healthcare providers are to have ready access to patient information, regardless of where the patient received care in the past.

The rules together work to provide patients with access to their healthcare information. The standards apply to organizations handling patient medical records and will have significant implications for healthcare providers, payers, and health IT vendors. Failure to comply could result in substantial penalties.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines the final data blocking and interoperability rules. The panel will offer best practices for addressing the changes and steps for complying with the new regulations.



  1. Data blocking rules
  2. Interoperability rules
  3. Implications of the new rules
  4. Complying with the new rules


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How do the new rules change the landscape for healthcare providers? Payers? Vendors?
  • What are the exceptions under ONC's interoperability and information blocking rule?
  • What must healthcare providers do now to ensure compliance with the new rules?


Halstead, Nancy
Nan Bonifant Halstead

Reed Smith

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Johnson, Ryan
Ryan S. Johnson

Fredrikson & Byron

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