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ACR Requests Information on EHR Technology Data Sharing Costs and ‘Information Blocking’

A s part of last month’s FY 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act efforts, Congress directed the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) to decertify products that “proactively block the sharing of information” and to report back to Congress on the extent of the problem, including an estimate of the number of vendors, hospitals, or providers who “block information.” An example of “blocking information” could be when a hospital or EHR vendor prohibits, discourages, or excessively charges for appropriate and secure exchange between referring providers’ systems and those of unaffiliated radiology practices.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is working with the American Medical Association and other physician groups to collect information to help HHS and Congress understand the scope of the issue. Please contact Michael Peters, ACR Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, at mpeters@acr.org by February 4 if you have information about any of the following items:

  • Fees charged by EHR vendors, or others, to connect radiologists with ordering providers who use the vendors’ products.
  • Interface costs to connect radiologists’ systems with those of referring providers.
  • Contractual limits on which parties EHR vendors or providers will exchange information with.
  • Contract language that explicitly states EHR vendors own data.
  • Interface costs to connect with health information exchange (HIE) networks.
  • Monthly or per-transaction costs associated with the use of health information service providers.
  • Any other charges/fees (not identified above) required to exchange data.
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