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HHS releases final rule for temporary EHR certification program

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 29, 2010

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Program ensures availability of certified technology in time for first incentive payments

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a final rule June 18 establishing a certification program for health information technology. The rule describes the temporary certification program for EHRs, and what organizations need to do to be authorized to test and certify EHR technology.
“[EHR technology certification] assures healthcare providers that the EHR technology they adopt has been tested and includes the required capabilities they need in order to use the technology in a meaningful way to improve the quality of care provided to their patients,” according to the June 18 HHS press release.
The rule specifically establishes a temporary certification program that will help ensure the availability of certified technology prior to October, when some providers become eligible for EHR meaningful use incentive payments. It also states that a permanent program that will eventually replace the temporary one, according to the ONC website.
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