Cures Act


Avoiding Information Blocking: A How-To Guide to Sharing Health Information Properly

Quick Read Summary

You may have read articles and releases from other sources on the Cures Act. Here are three things to consider:

  • Do not take the requirements under this act lightly, regardless of information you may have heard to the contrary. There are specific requirements of you as a provider. The law is real; it applies to you if you have electronic health information; and the information requests will come. Most of your healthcare colleagues in the allopathic medical community have an advantage – they have hospital system IT departments and compliance officers to take care of the details. Because chiropractic practices are typically smaller, most chiropractic physicians will have to handle the details themselves.
  • Do not fear the Cures Act. Occasionally, you may receive correspondence about the Cures Act that attempts to scare you into action and possibly even overemphasize enforcement. Fear is not the best way to proceed into implementation of the Cures Act. CalChiro instead is providing factual information, including concrete steps for compliance to assist the typical chiropractic office with confident implementation of the new requirements. 
  • Understand that without the appropriate certified software (software that includes the “application programming interface,” or API, that complies with the Cures Act standards and allows different electronic records systems to easily transmit and receive information), you will be required to fulfill the requests with human intervention. It is possible to comply without certified software, but it will take more time. Also, there is a bonus to certified software – the Cures Act sets a deadline for when certified software will be required to allow for a full export of electronic health information. This will enable providers to be able to more easily change EHI systems if necessary.

Increased Patient Access to Health Records – the Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law in 2016, was designed to help bring health care innovations to patients to provide more patient control in a value-based health system.  Recognizing that patient access and ease of transfer of health records are key, the law includes two provisions that directly affect health care offices:  1) providers are prohibited from “information blocking” (practices that restrict transfer of information); and 2) electronic health record systems must allow for interoperability (easy interface) among different health systems.  After


Information Blocking and the Patient’s Records

“Chiropractors will have a once in a lifetime opportunity that brings them into a greater role in a patient’s healthcare lifecycle. Technology will connect patient records from all licensed providers and organizations and will analyze, organize, and be distributed across the entire healthcare platform. It is the first step into connecting patients to your service, skillset and providing an all-encompassing value-based care for your patients.” – Brad Cost, CEO, Infinedi and other healthcare data analytic companies