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The American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) 21,000 members, who care for 37,000,000 Americans with kidney diseases, applaud the Trump Administration for issuing the Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access on August 3, 2020 . The Executive Order (EO) aims to increase access to better care for the approximately 57,000,000 Americans living in rural communities. The millions of Americans battling kidney diseases in rural communities are all too familiar with reduced access to quality care and insufficient bandwidth to support robust telehealth.
In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released a set of proposed rules to address interoperability, information blocking, and patient access to data and electronic health record (EHR) certification criteria.
ASN has expressed its support for this overall proposed rule set to promote electronic data exchange and stop data blocking to improve health care quality. These will ensure that patients have timely access to important health information and have the ability to share it confidentially with the physician of their choice.