Don’t be an Information Blocker – Embrace Interoperability
May 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmComplimentary for CCALAC Members
The 21st Century Cures Act Information Blocking rule went into effect on April 5, 2021, but what exactly does that mean? Join us on Monday, May 17 to learn more about this rule and what you need to do so you “Don’t Get Caught Information Blocking – Embrace Interoperability”. This training will be presented by Rachel Nelson, Branch Chief for Policy Analysis and Implementation, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and DeeAnne McCallin, Director of Health IT, California Primary Care Association (CPCA).
After a brief review of what information blocking is – and isn’t – Ms. Nelson will also review how its exceptions generally work. She will review the Preventing Harm; Privacy, Content and Manner; and Infeasibility exceptions, highlighting points that relate to questions many health care providers have asked.
Ms. McCallin will discuss changes a health center should implement to remain compliant, such as updating legacy workflows that prohibit appropriate sharing of information, and demonstrate scenarios that may indicate information blocking.
Learning objectives include:
- Clarify the Information Blocking Rule relative to health centers
- Changes a health center should implement to be compliant
- Demonstrate scenarios that may indicate information blocking
- Review of the Rule’s exclusions
Rachel Nelson, JD, MHA
Rachel Nelson, JD, MHA, currently leads a team focused on policy analysis and implementation within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In 2000, she launched the federal phase of her career at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she led a wide variety of care quality improvement and value-based purchasing projects. Since joining ONC in 2008, she has served as senior advisor and team lead, developing and implementing policy and programs to advance the capability and use of interoperable health IT to help providers deliver safe, high-value care. Rachel holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Ohio University, a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an active law license in the State of Maryland.
As a recent addition to the California Primary Care Association staff, COVID vaccination workflows, Federal Interoperability, Patient Access, and Information Blocking rules, and Health Information Exchange are what DeeAnne will be focusing on throughout 2021.
DeeAnne managed CalHIPSO’s technical assistance and quality improvement programs from 2012 through 2020, including the federal Regional Extension Center program and the California Technical Assistance Program (CTAP). CalHIPSO’s work assisted safety net providers – small practice physicians, community health centers, and public hospital ambulatory sites – implement and utilize health information technology (HIT). The meaningful use of HIT has helped to improve patient care and outcomes. Under McCallin’s leadership, CalHIPSO assisted more than 7,500 safety net clinicians throughout California, helping them to earn more than $150M in federal incentive dollars. The meaningful use of certified EHR technology has set a foundation within our health care system so that California providers are able to safely exchange health information. It has also set the stage for true interoperability and achieving the quadruple aim.
DeeAnne lives in Sacramento with her husband and two teenage daughters. All things high school, looking forward to her children’s college days, and daily walks with her dog fill her time outside of work hours.