CMS Guidance Now Reflects ONC’s New Concept of ‘Hybrid’ Certification Criteria
On June 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new EHR Incentive Program guidance in the form of a frequently asked question to reflect the HHS Office of the National Coordinator’s new concept of “hybrid” certification criteria.
As a reminder, ONC’s recent FAQ (6-12-025-1) identified five Inpatient certification criteria that could substitute for similar Ambulatory certification criteria in Eligible Professional (EP)-appropriate certified EHR technology. EPs who choose to leverage the new flexibility still need technology certified for all non-hybrid Ambulatory criteria as well, which calls into question the usefulness of this limited flexibility.
The new CMS FAQ can be accessed by searching for FAQ number “6421“ on the CMS FAQ page. Be sure to select the “FAQ #” option below the search field.