The 21st Century Cures Act, known more simply as the Cures Act, became law in 2016. This bipartisan legislation sought to increase choice and access for patients and providers. To achieve these goals,
the law authorizes funding to help address the opioid epidemic and improve mental health services, and streamlines approval for new drugs, devices, and treatments.
Also included in this law are provisions to prevent information blocking and update requirements for health IT certification. These provisions have major impacts on the regulation of medical practices.