June 06, 2019

ACR Comments on Interoperability Proposed Rules from CMS and ONC

On June 3, 2019, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding two proposed rules to implement various interoperability-related provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.

The proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would require certain payers to provide patients with access to their data via standardized application programming interfaces (APIs), among other proposals. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s proposed rule would implement an assortment of Cures Act mandates focused on data-sharing, including an ACR-supported expansion of HHS’ authority to investigate and penalize anticompetitive, information-blocking behaviors.

ACR members with questions about these proposed rules or other health IT policy topics should contact Michael Peters, ACR director of legislative and regulatory affairs, at (202) 223-1670, ext. 4546 or mpeters@acr.org.