New federal rule requires open notes: what do clinicians and patients need to know? Insights and suggestions from a neuro-oncologist, a neurosurgeon, and a person living with a brain tumor
Salmi L, Mansouri SA, Taylor LP. New federal rule requires open notes: what do clinicians and patients need to know? Insights and suggestions from a neuro-oncologist, a neurosurgeon, and a person living with a brain tumor. Neuro-Oncology Practice. 2021; npab014. https://doi.org/10.1093/nop/npab014
Starting April 5, 2021, a new US federal rule will be implemented as part of the 21st Century Cures Act that in part mandates patients will be able to access their test results, medication lists, referral information, and clinical notes rapidly and conveniently in electronic formats… “without delay.” As a result, it will be easier for patients to access the information in their records, including progress notes. … We know of no specific guidance nor formal study for neuro-oncologists and neurosurgeons on open notes, and there has been no formal study of brain tumor patients’ perceptions. Of 35 US institutions offering accredited neuro-oncology fellowships through the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties, 26 report the capability of sharing notes with at least some patients, though the method of note sharing is unclear. For now, the authors offer suggestions for information that both neuro-oncology clinicians and patients want at their fingertips, as well as personal reflections on sharing and reading visit notes.