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Andy Slavitt: CMS Urges Health Providers, Patients to Email Data Blocking Cases

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has called on health professionals and patients to report cases of information blockages to the agency through a new e-mail address, Modern Healthcare reported June 2.

Laura Green writes practices that prevent access to electronic health records, such as the use of codes to hamper interoperability of health information technology systems and imposition of higher fees in order to gain access to medical records, can be reported to the agency via the noinformationblocking@cms.hhs.gov.

“I want to hear and understand information-blocking practices you’ve experienced,” Andy Slavitt, CMS’ acting administrator, said at the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington.

“Data blocking will not be tolerated.”

Slavitt said CMS will work to address reported cases of information blocking and provide entrepreneurs access to Medicare data.

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