AMA House of Delegates Calls for Greater Flexibility on Information-Blocking Rules

New federal information-blocking regulations stemming from the 21st Century Cures Act require physicians to release health information even when they believe that doing so could emotionally or psychologically harm the patient, says a resolution presented at the AMA Special Meeting.

There are exceptions to the regulation for information that physicians believe might lead to a patient’s physical harm, but not so for other kinds of harm. Meanwhile, the information-blocking rules that took effect in April impose burdens on physician practices already slammed by the financial and other strains of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With these facts in mind, delegates took action by calling for the AMA to:

Of special note, physicians who treat adolescents under the current regulation must share sensitive information with parents or patients’ proxies in sensitive areas such as reproductive health, mental health, or substance use. Doing so could result in severe mental anguish or emotional distress as patients deal with reactions from family members.

Read the updated regulations here: information-blocking regulations

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