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This webinar will provide clarity on the HHS Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology information blocking rules in practical language. Speakers will review and apply the information blocking rules as they relate to several potential information blocking scenarios. Scenarios will be discussed from the provider perspective and that may "require" collaboration between the provider and the software vendor. Our goal is for all attendees to be prepared for potential "claims" of information blocking, including a discussion of when these might or might not "really" be considered information blocking. The session will provide the necessary information for physical therapy professionals to remain in compliance with industry changes and avoid information blocking penalties.

Meet the Speakers:

Robert Latz, PT, DPT, CHCIO, is the only Physical Therapist with the HealthCare CIO certification from CHIME (College of Health Information Management Executives). He is the President of the APTA HPA: The Catalyst Technology SIG and a Board Member of HPA: The Catalyst. He is a member of several APTA Sections, including Acute Care, Home Health; and Geriatrics, which give him insight into data sharing across the continuum. He is a Board Member of the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) where he is active in the IT and Medical Services Committees and was the 2018 NASL Member of the Year. He is a member of the LTPAC HIT Collaborative, the LTPAC CIO Consortium, the HIMSS LTPAC Committee, and the APTA PAC Workgroup. Dr. Latz is the Chief Information Officer for Trinity Rehabilitation Services, which improves human function by providing contracted therapy services in Post-Acute Care settings.

Alan Swenson is the Vice President of Interoperability at Kno2, where his focus is on improving interoperability across the entire continuum of care. Alan is responsible for overseeing specific projects aimed to extend interoperability into hard to reach markets, and groups not previously part of government incentive programs to drive interoperability, such as LTPAC, behavioral health, therapies, emergency medical services, and more. He represents Kno2's partners and customers in industry trade associations and actively participates and leads in other industry interoperability initiatives, such as Carequality, CommonWell Health Alliance and DirectTrust. In addition, Alan currently serves as a Member Board Director for NASL and is Vice-Chair of their IT Committee, leading NASL interoperability initiatives, including comments to the ONC and CMS interoperability rules and ONC's draft two of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

Kara Gainer, JD, APTA Director of Regulatory Affairs, leads, manages, and provides strategic direction to the regulatory affairs team on key programs and initiatives in the federal regulatory space that help to move forward the priorities of the APTA for the advancement of our profession in the area of payment and public policy. She also is responsible for leading member initiatives and developing policies and programs that promote the practice of physical therapy. Prior to joining APTA, Kara was a health care consultant with Drinker Biddle and Reath, where she developed and executed comprehensive public policy strategies for her clients that integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications efforts. She also served as an Attorney Advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and clerked with the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms.

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Kara Gainer, JD; Bob Latz, DPT

Learning objectives

  1. Comprehend what entities are subject to the information blocking regulation.
  2. Understand what actions or inactions may constitute information blocking.
  3. Describe at least 2 policies/procedures that should be reviewed and updated to ensure compliance with the information blocking regulation.

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Enrollment:Prior to  12/31/2021
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