New Federal Regulations Withdrawn from Federal Register for Further Review by the Trump Administration

During the first week of the new Trump Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has asked that several rules issued during the final weeks of the Obama Administration be withdrawn from the Federal Register so that they can be further reviewed by the new Administration.  

Three impacting the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) include :

  • A rule designed to set in motion several aspects of the 21st Century Cures Act, including sections related to its new electronic health record (EHR) certification program, revamped with usability and interoperability metrics.  
  • A rule initiating  anew process for refining quality metrics for health care. 
  • A rule seeking public input on the ONC process for selecting the certification bodies for EHRs.  The current three-year contracts are set to expire in June. ONC is required to  conduct a 30-day period to request the status of current certifying bodies before proceeding with a new round of contracting.