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Healthcare News: HHS issues proposed rule for EHR certification programs

JustCoding News: Inpatient, March 17, 2010

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On March 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule regarding the establishment of electronic health record (EHR) certification program. The program is designed for the purposes of testing and certifying health information technology, as mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.

The proposed certification program will involve two stages:

  • A temporary certification process whereby the National Coordinator would approve organizations to test and certify EHRs.
  • The eventual permanent program would transfer testing and certification to private sector organizations and separate the two functions.

To learn more, access the proposed rule, which was published in the March 10 Federal Register. To learn more about how to submit comments on the rule, access this HCPro e-blast.

In collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing the functional and conformance testing requirements, test cases, and test tools to support the proposed certification programs and help ensure compliance with the meaningful use technical requirements and standards.

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