21st Century Cures Act Resource Guide

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The 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”) is a bipartisan-backed law passed in December 2016 and implemented through rulemaking in 2020.

The Cures Act aims to establish policies that "break down barriers in the nation's health system to enable better patient access to their health information, improve interoperability, and unleash innovation, while reducing the burden on payers and providers."1

Components of the Cures Act began taking effect in 2021, with new requirements coming online in October 2022. Rules published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expand on requirements for compliance:

  • Individuals shall securely and easily obtain and use their electronic health information (EHI) from the provider's medical record for free, using the smartphone app of their choice.
  • Interoperability among providers and patient access to health information is enforced by CMS.

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1 Interoperability and Patient Access Fact Sheet, https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/interoperability-and-patient-access-fact-sheet.