21st Century Cures Act: Patient Portal Changes
The 21st Century Cures Act goes into effect November 2, 2020.
Under this act, healthcare providers must provide patients secure electronic access to their medical records as they become available, with limited exceptions. Many of these items are already available in MyHealth today, but there are some upcoming changes that we want to share with you.
Portal Changes as of Nov. 2
- After every appointment at Metropolitan Pediatrics, MyHealth users receive an After Visit Summary in their account. As the name suggests, this is a summary of your visit and not the entire note that your provider writes to document your visit. Starting Nov. 2, the provider’s complete note will be accessible via MyHealth. Progress notes include more detailed information about what took place during your visit, such as symptoms provided by the patient/caregiver, a description of the exam, an overview of lab results, and details about the treatment plan and next steps.
- Test and lab results will be released in real-time (only normal results were immediately released prior to the Cures Act), meaning that you may see them before your care team or provider. We recognize that results can easily be misinterpreted and cause worry, and we want you to know that we will do our best to get in touch with you as quickly as possible to go over them. If you would like us to hold your results until your doctor has reviewed and commented on them, we can do that as well. We can talk about your preference during your visit.
- The Cures Act only applies to information going forward. Additional health information prior to November 2, 2020, will not be added to MyHealth.
MyHealth Proxy Settings
For adolescent patients (age 14-17) with a MyHealth proxy (a person who has been given permission to access the patient’s MyHealth account and medical information available within MyHealth), we want to remind you about your right to remove proxy access at any time.
How to Remove Proxy Access in MyHealth
- From the Menu on the MyHealth home page, click Share My Record.
- Click Friends and family access.
- In the Friends and Family Access page, there are three options: Edit, Remove, and Invite Someone. Click Remove to remove Proxy Access.
- A message will display, asking if you’re sure you want to remove access to your record. Click Remove.
Without any action, proxy access will expire automatically on the patient’s 18th birthday.
More Information = Better Care
Metropolitan Pediatrics fully supports improving patients’ electronic access to their health information. Your health information belongs to you (the patient), and we are committed to ensuring you can access your information whenever and wherever you need it. We’re excited to expand information available to you in MyHealth and bring the access, exchange, and use of health information up to speed with the 21st century!