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Physical therapists share data with patients, other health care providers, and health plans. That's why it's critical that you understand information blocking rules established by the HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, or ONC.

ONC defines information blocking as “practices likely to interfere with, prevent or materially discourage access, exchange or use of electronic health information.” The rule defines what electronic health information health care providers and other entities must make available, and establishes eight exceptions to the rule.

The bottom line: A thorough understanding of what information blocking means, and how you can comply with the rule, is an essential part of PT practice.

APTA offers an information blocking webpage that explains the concept and outlines the rule. Here are some recommended resources that can help you comply with the requirements.

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