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.

Download Workgroup Charter 

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.

Interoperability Matters Information Blocking Workgroup Roster

Association & Organizations in Health IT

  • Lauren Riplinger, AHIMA
  • Matt Reid, AMA
  • Mari Greenberger, HIMSS
  • Scott Stuewe, DirectTrust

Consultant  

  • Brian Ahier, MITRE Corporation

Consumers

  • Ryan Howells, CARIN Alliance
  • Deven McGraw, Ciitizen 

Federal Government

  • Steve Bounds, SSA
  • Margaret Donahue, VA

 

Health Information Networks and Service Providers

  • Angie Bass, Missouri Health Connection
  • Dave Cassel, Carequality
  • Laura Danielson, Indiana Health Information Exchange
  • Paul Uhrig, Surescripts, Co-Chair

Healthcare Provider

  • David Camitta, CommonSpirit, Co-Chair
  • Eric Liederman, Kaiser Permanente

 

Legal, Technology, Standards, and Policy Subject Matter Experts

  • Jodi Daniel, Crowell & Moring, LLP
  • Josh Mandel, Microsoft
  • Micky Tripathi, MaEHC

Payers

  • Danielle Lloyd, AHIP
  • Matthew Schuller, BCBSA
  • Nancy Beavin, Humana

Public Health

  • John Loonsk, APHL

 

Vendors

  • Aashima Gupta, Google
  • Cherie Holmes-Henry, EHRA / NEXTGEN
  • Rob Klootwyk, Epic
  • Josh Mast, Cerner

Informatics

  • Doug Fridsma, AMIA

Safety Net Providers / Service Provider

  • Jennifer Stoll, OCHIN

Release of Information Company

  • Rita Bowen, MROCorp

Events

Phase I

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

Phase II

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                             
Slides

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

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

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

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

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

May 8, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Information Blocking Workgroup Meeting

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