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Information Blocking

Last Updated: 09-14-2023

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On June 27, 2023, HHS-OIG posted its final rule implementing information blocking penalties. The final rule establishes the statutory penalties created by the 21st Century Cures Act. If OIG determines that an individual or entity has committed information blocking, they may be subject up to a $1 million penalty per violation.

The final rule does not impose new information blocking requirements. OIG incorporated regulations published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as the basis for enforcing information blocking penalties. For more information on ONC's information blocking regulations see: Information Blocking.

To report complaints about information blocking, please visit the ONC Information Blocking Portal or the OIG Hotline.

OIG Information Blocking Fast Facts


Enforcement of the information blocking penalties will begin September 1, 2023.

OIG will not impose a penalty on information blocking conduct occurring before September 1, 2023.

Entities Subject to Penalty

Only certain entities are subject to an OIG information blocking penalty: To determine if you may be subject to information penalties, see the regulations established by ONC.


OIG's rule does not establish health care provider disincentives. The Department of Health and Human Services is developing a separate rule to establish those disincentives.

OIG Information Blocking Investigation Process

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Enforcement Priorities

OIG expects that it will receive more information blocking complaints than it can investigate. To triage allegations and allocate resources, OIG will use the following priorities to select cases for investigation:

For more detail on these priorities and OIG's approach to enforcing information blocking penalties, please see the rule.