Lab Results Reporting, Ethics, and the 21st Century Cures Act Rule on Information Blocking

ACP Ethics and Professionalism

As physicians encounter the practical impact of the new 21st Century Cures Act final rule on information blocking, the ethical implications need to be considered: Are patients being harmed by having immediate access to test results? What is the impact on the patient-physician relationship? ACP’s Ethic Case Study on Lab Results Reporting dives into these and other questions surrounding the 21st Century Cures Act.

First, read the case study. After reading, ACP members can take the CME/MOC survey for free.


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Authors, Case History
Deepti Pandita, MD, FACP, FAMIA
Hennepin Healthcare, Plymouth, Minnesota

Dejaih Johnson, JD, MPA
American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Author, Commentary
Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD, As seen above.

Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD
Center for Ethics and Professionalism, American College of Physicians
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Amit M. Sharma, MD, MPH, ACP Member
Alain Lerebours, MD, ACP Member

None of the planners, authors, or reviewers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Accreditation Information

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Release Date:  September 30, 2022

Expiration Date:  September 30, 2025