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 PowerPoint 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.
- Recordkeeping, Patient Access, and Other Legal and Risk Management Issues (presentation recording, 1:02:15) The Information Blocking/Open Notes Rule went into effect April 5, 2021. This changes how psychologists with sophisticated systems keep records and give patients access to them. Our panel of legal and risk management experts walk you through how the rules and other issues impact your practice. The slide deck for this presentation (PDF, 337KB) is also available.
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.