Information Blocking Workgroup


An Interoperability Matters Workgroup

The Sequoia Project has assembled experts across a wide range of different stakeholders to facilitate a constructive information blocking dialogue, such as hospitals, provider organizations, safety net providers, clinicians, informaticists, HIM professionals, consumers, health information networks (regional/nationwide), governmental agencies, and vendors, as well as legal, privacy and policy experts.

The Information Blocking Workgroup is focused on a set of key issues or questions related to the policies and exceptions outlined in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) recently announced proposed rule. The focus is on the practical implications of the proposed rule, as well as unintended consequences. Given the varied perspectives involved, we recognize that consensus may not always be possible. As a result, we are also looking to capture varied perspectives to inform the group’s process and hopefully improve understanding across the stakeholders.

Final Report on ONC March 2019 Proposed Rule

In April 2019, the Interoperability Matters Information Blocking Workgroup hosted an open, public update with interested industry and government stakeholders and solicit feedback to inform their work. The final report submitted to ONC is now available.

Information Blocking Guidance to the Health IT Community

In advance of the publication of  the final information blocking rules, The Sequoia Project has released the Information Blocking Workgroup’s “Guidance to the Community and Implementation Feedback to HHS.”

Associations and Orgs – Health IT Community
– Anne Kimbol, HITRUST Alliance
– Jeff Coughlin, HIMSS
– Lauren Riplinger, AHIMA
– Scott Stuewe, DirectTrust
– Samantha Burch, AHA
– Jeff Smith, AMIA
– Matt Reid, AMA
– Mari Savickis, CHIME
– Paul Uhrig, The Commons Project, Co-Chair

Consumers
– Ryan Howells, CARIN Alliance
– Deven McGraw, Ciitizen

Health Information Networks and Service Providers
– Melissa Soliz, Midwest Health Connect
– Dave Cassel, Carequality
– Ammon Fillmore, Indiana Health Information Exchange

Health Providers/Physicians
– David Camitta, CommonSpirit, Co-Chair
– Eric Liederman, Kaiser Permanente

Payers                                                                                    – Nancy Beavin, Humana
– Danielle Lloyd, AHIP
– Matthew Schuller, BCBSA

Developers
– Cherie Holmes-Henry, EHRA/NEXTGEN
– Noah Nuechterlein, Epic
– Josh Mast, Cerner
– Jennifer Stoll, OCHIN                                                          – Micky Tripathi, Arcadia.io
– Rita Bowen, MROCorp                                                      – Amy Ming, Greenway Health

Public Health
– John Loonsk, APHL

Consultant
– Brian Ahier, MITRE Corporation

Federal Government
– Steve Bounds, SSA

March 14, 2019
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: Interoperability Matters Overview, Information Blocking Proposed Rule: Overview and Workgroup Scope

March 19, 2019
Information Blocking & You – Public Advisory Forum
Slides | Recording

March 25, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: Actors & Others Definitions (Providers, CEHRT Developers, HIEs, HINs), Information Blocking Practice, Exceptions 1-3 (Harm, Privacy, Security)

March 29, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Matters Leadership Council

April 3, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: Exceptions 4-7 (Recovering costs reasonably incurred, Declining to provide access, exchange, or use of EHI if request is infeasible, Licensing technologies or other interoperable elements, Making health IT unavailable to perform maintenance or improvements), Conditions & Maintenance of Certification: Information Blocking, RFIs: disincentives for providers and price transparency, Complaints & Enforcement

April 5, 2019
Public Advisory Forum
Slides | Recording

April 15, 2019
Joint Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting &
Public Advisory Forum Call #3 to Review Draft Report
Slides | Recording

April 22, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Matters Leadership Council

May 23, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum – Cancelled

May 31, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Matters Leadership Council

June 20, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: Phase I Update: Review CMS & ONC Comments & Phase II: Proposed Workplan

July 30, 2019 – 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Leadership Council

August 2, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: HIE/HIN Definitions

August 21, 2019 – 5:15 p.m. ET (Washington, DC)
Joint Leadership Council #6 & Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting and Networking Reception
Agenda: Information Blocking Workgroup; Update Interoperability Matters Prioritization; and Member Resources

September 6, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Interoperability Matters Public Advisory Forum

September 13, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Information Blocking Practices

October 11, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: Recovering Costs/RAND Licensing

October 18, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Leadership Council 
Agenda: RCE, Proposed Workgroups

November 1, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum
Agenda: Information Blocking, TEFCA

November 8, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: Compliance Plans

December 13, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

December 16, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum
Agenda: Information Blocking, TEFCA

January 10, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting
Agenda: Phase II Deliverable Status, Implementation planning – Phase III Initial Work

February 14, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting – Cancelled

March 20, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting                                                                                                                                                                       Agenda: Review ONC Final Rule, Implementation Planning & Additional Phase 3 Priorities

March 25, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Leadership Council – Members Only
Information Blocking Final Rules

March 31, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum
Information Blocking Final Rules

April 10, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting                                                                                                                                                              Agenda: Continued Review ONC Final Rule, Implementation Planning & Additional Phase 3 Priorities

April 17, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum
Information Blocking Final Rules (follow up session)

May 8, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting                                                                                                                                                                        Agenda: Enforcement Discretion & OIG Proposed Rule, Priority Questions, and Implementation & Compliance Resources

May 19, 2020 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Leadership Council

June 11, 2020 – 2:00-3:00 ET
Public Advisory Forum
Perspectives on the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Proposed Rule on Information Blocking Enforcement and Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs)

June 12, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

July 10, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

July 23, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum
Download Slides | View Recording

August 14, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

September 11, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

September 22, 2020 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Public Advisory Forum
Download Slides | View Recording

October 9, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

November 13, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

December 11, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

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