ONC issues proposed rule updating EHR certification criteria

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The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology late Friday issued a proposed rule updating certification requirements for electronic health record technology effective in 2014. In a change requested by AHA, ONC proposes hospitals and eligible professionals only be required to own certified EHR technology for the objectives they use to demonstrate meaningful use under the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive program, not for all objectives under the programs. The rule also changes certification criteria for EHRs sold by vendors or self-developed by health care providers; proposes new patient safety criteria for certification; and seeks comments on ways to improve data portability and whether to require technology developers to disclose the full cost of certified EHR technology and modules. The proposed rule will be published in the March 7 Federal Register with comments accepted for 60 days. It is a companion to the proposed rule for Stage 2 "meaningful use" released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week, which requires hospitals and eligible professionals seeking to qualify for incentives and avoid future penalties under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs to use certified EHR technology and associated standards for recording and sending data.

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