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ONC Announces ANSI as the Approved Accreditor for the Permanent Certification Program

Last night, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will serve as the ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) in the Permanent Certification Program. ANSI’s website describes its role as “overseeing the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector.”

The Permanent Certification Program is scheduled to replace the current Temporary Certification Program in 2012.  Fundamentally, these “programs” are sets of regulations dictating the roles and responsibilities of the various entities involved in certifying HIT products as Complete EHRs or EHR Modules for use by eligible professionals and hospitals in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Under the current Temporary Certification Program, ONC essentially “accredits” authorized testing and certification bodies (ONC-ATCBs).  In the future Permanent Certification Program, testing and certification responsibilities will be split between different types of entities.  The ONC-AA will accredit the certification bodies, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) will accredit the testing laboratories.  If an entity wants to both test and certify products it will need both types of accreditation.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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