Information-blocking compliance date is a looming challenge for the healthcare industry

U.S. hospitals and physician practices — still coping with the logistic and financial pressures of managing care during the Covid-19 pandemic — now must quickly ramp up efforts to meet information-blocking compliance requirements that are slated to go into effect in only a few weeks.

As of late September, rules currently in place would set a November 2 deadline for the industry to achieve compliance with key provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. However, federal agencies are reviewing a potential rule that would push back the deadline to a later date, giving the industry more time to achieve compliance.

Even if it’s delayed, the industry will face challenges, as well as additional costs, in eventually meeting the requirements that the new regulations spell out.

Originally released in March by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the rules seek to ensure that healthcare information

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There’s now a date for when playgrounds can reopen in SF

With San Francisco jumping from the red tier to the state’s less-restrictive orange tier, Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday outdoor public playgrounds can reopen Oct. 14.

Playgrounds in the city have been closed for more than six months.

The S.F. Recreation and Park Department is preparing for the reopening to ensure parks meet all guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We are thrilled to welcome families back to our playgrounds, centers of neighborhood joy and connection that have been sorely missed, particularly in our low-income and high-density neighborhoods,” Phil Ginsburg, Recreation and Park Department general manager, said in a statement.

The California Department of Public Health provided the pathway on Monday for jurisdictions to welcome back families to outdoor playgrounds and recreational facilities. Gov. Gavin Newsom called for their closure in March in the initial shelter-in-place order.

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