Lee JA, Miller S, Mezoff E, et al. The 21st Century CURES Act in Pediatric Gastroenterology. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2021 Mar 11; Publish Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000003117
The information blocking (IB) prohibition component of the 21st Century CURES Act (21CCA) comes into effect April 5, 2021, which gives patients and their families near instant access to almost all clinical notes, lab results, and health data. … A committee of pediatric gastroenterologists reviewed the 21CCA regulation and compared local practice policies. Pediatric practitioners need to understand how age will affect local information release policies and to know which note types are released, paying special consideration to trainee notes and confidential information. Extraneous detail should be removed from notes, emotional labeling be avoided, and objective statements be made when referring to the care of other providers. Awareness of the 21CCA provides pediatric gastroenterologists with the opportunity to adapt their medical documentation practices to accommodate the new law.