2015 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 19a - Public Health and Well-Being
Chapter 368ll - Miscellaneous Provisions
Section 19a-904d - Health information blocking. Penalty.

CT Gen Stat § 19a-904d (2015) What's This?

(a) For purposes of this section:

(1) “Affiliated provider” means a health care provider that is: (A) Employed by a hospital or health system, (B) under a professional services agreement with a hospital or health system that permits such hospital or health system to bill on behalf of such health care provider, or (C) a clinical faculty member of a medical school, as defined in section 33-182aa, that is affiliated with a hospital or health system in a manner that permits such hospital or health system to bill on behalf of such clinical faculty member;

(2) “Certified electronic health record system” means a health record system that is certified by the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology;

(3) “Electronic health record” means any computerized, digital or other electronic record of individual health-related information that is created, held, managed or consulted by a health care provider and may include, but need not be limited to, continuity of care documents, discharge summaries and other information or data relating to patient demographics, medical history, medication, allergies, immunizations, laboratory test results, radiology or other diagnostic images, vital signs and statistics;

(4) “Electronic health record system” means a computer-based information system that is used to create, collect, store, manipulate, share, exchange or make available electronic health records for the purposes of the delivery of patient care;

(5) “Health care provider” means any individual, corporation, facility or institution licensed by the state to provide health care services;

(6) “Health information blocking” means (A) knowingly interfering with or knowingly engaging in business practices or other conduct that is reasonably likely to interfere with the ability of patients, health care providers or other authorized persons to access, exchange or use electronic health records, or (B) knowingly using an electronic health record system to both (i) steer patient referrals to affiliated providers, and (ii) prevent or unreasonably interfere with patient referrals to health care providers who are not affiliated providers but shall not include legitimate referrals between providers participating in an accountable care organizations or similar value-based collaborative care models;

(7) “Hospital” has the same meaning as provided in section 19a-490;

(8) “Health system” has the same meaning as provided in section 19a-508c;

(9) “Seller” means any person or entity that directly, or indirectly through an employee, agent, independent contractor, vendor or other person, sells, leases or offers to sell or lease an electronic health record system or a license or right to use an electronic health record system.

(b) Electronic health records shall, to the fullest extent practicable, (1) follow the patient, (2) be made accessible to the patient, and (3) be shared and exchanged with the health care provider of the patient’s choice in a timely manner.

(c) Health information blocking shall be an unfair trade practice pursuant to section 42-110b.

(d) Health information blocking by a hospital, health system or seller shall be subject to the penalties contained in subsection (b) of section 42-110o.

(e) It shall be an unfair trade practice pursuant to section 42-110b for any seller to make a false, misleading or deceptive representation that an electronic health record system is a certified electronic health record system.

(f) The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the Attorney General.

(g) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as a limitation upon the power or authority of the state, the Attorney General or the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to seek administrative, legal or equitable relief as provided by any state statute or common law.

(P.A. 15-146, S. 20.)

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