AHA urges ONC to address 2014 Edition EHR certification concerns

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Introducing voluntary 2015 Edition electronic health record certification criteria will complicate rather than mitigate the significant challenges facing health care providers who must use certified EHRs to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, AHA told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in comments submitted today. “The AHA strongly recommends ONC first focus on collaborating with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to clarify current 2014 Edition certification criteria and implementation specifications to ensure that providers will be able to receive and use certified EHRs in a timeframe that enables successful attestation to meaningful use,” wrote Linda Fishman, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development. AHA makes recommendations to improve certification requirements, including flexibility for hospitals in Stage 1 to use their 2011 Edition EHRs; allow hospitals to make the transition to the 2014 Edition in 2014 or 2015; and adopt a regulatory pace that allows for evidence-based analysis of the maturity of standards to support regulatory requirements.

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