Welcome to the 21st Century Cures Academy!

 

Dr. Michael Blackman Chief Medical Officer, Greenway Health
Dr. Michael Blackman, Chief Medical Officer, Greenway Health

Dear healthcare community,

Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that we extend an “offer of admission” to Greenway’s 21st Century Cures Academy.

We founded the Academy to help you flourish in the ever-evolving healthcare environment. The Academy gives you resources to navigate the 21st Century Cures Act and the changes it will bring.

In the coming months, the Academy will launch its webinar series, as well as quick guides and other resources. Our goal is to help you discover value in the Cures Act and understand how it will change the industry, improve the way practices deliver medicine, and ultimately help patients achieve better outcomes.  

We are confident your studies will make a real difference for your practice.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Blackman
Chief Medical Officer
Greenway Health

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The goal of ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule is simple — it’s about choice and health information access

What does the 21st Century Cures Act mean for patients?

What does the 21st Century Cures Act mean for patients?

  • Allow patients to easily access their health records
  • Protect patient privacy and security
  • Promote the ability to shop for care and to manage costs
What does the 21st Century Cures Act mean for clinicians?

What does the 21st Century Cures Act mean for clinicians?

  • Make electronic patient data requests easy for the patient and provider
  • Allow for choice of apps
  • Improve patient safety

What does the Cures Act do?

The Cures Act aims to advance interoperability and improve patient data access.

The Cures Act contains provisions to:

Focus on the advancement of interoperability

Advance interoperability

Share patient data

Share information with patients

Streamline development for drugs and medical devices

Streamline development and delivery of drugs and medical devices

Accelerate research into serious illnesses

Accelerate research into serious illnesses

Address the opioid crisis

Address the opioid crisis

Improve Mental health services

Improve mental health services

21st Century Cures Act timeline

It is important to have a good grasp of the timeline.
Here’s a summary of key 21st Century Cures Act milestones through 2023.

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Breaking down the Cures Act — what it means for your practice

Watch the webinar recording to learn about these topics:

  • What is the 21st Century Cures Act?
  • Why it is important for your practice
  • How the Cures Act aims to improve patient care
  • Steps to take to ensure compliance

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Preparing for the Cures Act Final Rule

Watch the webinar recording to learn about these topics:

  • New policy requirements for health IT developers, payers, and providers
  • How providers should prepare to meet requirements prohibiting information blocking
  • Technical requirements for health IT developers and upcoming product changes
  • And more!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 21st Century Cures Act?

The Cures Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 13, 2016. The bipartisan legislation seeks to increase choice and access for patients and providers and applies to all health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs)/networks, and healthcare providers.

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What are the key provisions of the Cures Act?

The Cures Act includes provisions to streamline drug and medical device delivery, promote research on serious illnesses, address the opioid crisis, and boost mental health services.

In addition, it seeks to ease regulatory burdens associated with EHR and health IT use.

The Cures Act also contains provisions geared toward advancing interoperability and requiring health IT developers, HIEs/networks, and healthcare providers not to engage in information blocking — or preventing or interfering with the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information (EHI).

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What is the Final Rule?

There are in fact two Final Rules, one produced by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the other by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

These rules — based on the Cures Act’s interoperability, patient access, and information blocking provisions — guide industry members such as providers, payers, and technology vendors in their design of health IT systems.

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What is information blocking?

The ONC Final Rule lays out regulations to prevent information blocking by healthcare providers, health IT developers, HIEs, and health information networks.

Information blocking is a practice that is likely to interfere with access, exchange, or use of EHI. Such a practice is considered information blocking except when required by law or specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a “reasonable and necessary activity.”

21st Century Cures Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any exceptions to information blocking?

Yes, the ONC provides eight information blocking exceptions. These are categories of the “reasonable and necessary” activities that do not constitute information blocking, given certain conditions are met. They include the following:

  1. Preventing harm
  2. Privacy
  3. Security
  4. Infeasibility
  5. Health IT performance
  6. Content and manner
  7. Fees
  8. Licensing
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To whom do the Cures Act and its information blocking provision apply?

The Cures Act and information blocking provisions apply to ALL healthcare providers (regardless of participation in regulatory reporting programs), health IT developers, and HIEs/networks.

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What actions do clients need to take to be compliant with Cures Act requirements?

As a Greenway client, you will need to upgrade to Prime Suite v21 or Intergy v21 as soon as these versions become available later this year — and no later than Dec. 31, 2022. These versions will be the required releases to be on a Cures Edition EHR.

Although it’s not required, we recommend you upgrade to Prime Suite v18.30 or higher and Intergy v12.50 or higher. That way, we can start onboarding your data to the new Enterprise Data Hub (EDH) for a more seamless transition to Prime Suite v21 and Intergy v21 later this year.

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