Biden Cancer Initiative Submits Comments on Proposed Rule for 21st Century Cures Act

June 3, 2019

The Biden Cancer Initiative has submitted commons on the proposed rule for the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

The Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI) has submitted commons on the proposed rule for the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program. While agreeing that the current proposed rule “reflects clear thought, responsiveness to the community, attention to detail, and tremendous skill in expressing critical desire for a robust health IT ecosystem,” BCI also noted concern with the proposal. According to the initiative, the proposed rule allows for a period of 24 months for the rules to take effect, which is too generous to the status quo.

Instead, BCI recommends that based on the proposed rule and the progress in developing the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, standard for electronic health information and the adoption of application programming interface standards, providers should be required to provide all patients their complete medical record as it is created from the first visit through all subsequent visits.