Welcome to the 21st Century Cures Academy!
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.
Dr. Michael Blackman
Chief Medical Officer
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What does the Cures Act do?
The Cures Act aims to advance interoperability and improve patient data access.
The Cures Act contains provisions to:
Share information with patients
Streamline development and delivery of drugs and medical devices
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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
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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:
- Preventing harm
- Health IT performance
- Content and manner
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.
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.
“My staff and I have come to rely on Greenway Health’s expertise when it comes to 21st Century Cures concerns, and they help us stay informed ahead of the curve with what’s to come, as the requirements can be a complicated topic."
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