Psychologists who use electronic health records (EHR) have to be compliant with the new federal “information blocking” rule by April 5.
The rule, issued in March 2020 after the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), prohibits practices by health care professionals that involve implementing technical, business, and administrative processes that prevent the free flow of electronic health information (EHI) among health care entities and patients.
There are currently no penalties for non-compliance (see last FAQ).
To help with compliance, APA Services has provided:
- A Power Point on Information Blocking (PDF, 293KB) from our Practice Leadership Conference in early March
- Detailed FAQs about the information blocking rule containing updated information on this and other topics aimed at psychologists who will need to comply with the rule
Read on for answers to some frequently asked questions about the rule and how it may impact you.
Note: This FAQ and the detailed FAQs that accompany it were updated on March 26, 2021.