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ONC Extends Temporary Certification Program Until Approximately Summer 2012

The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) recently published a notice of extension for the temporary certification program.  The temporary certification program, which was previously scheduled to be replaced by the permanent certification program in January 2012, will now continue until the effective date for the ONC’s Stage 2 EHR standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria final rule (i.e., around summer 2012).

The temporary certification program dictates the various roles and responsibilities for ONC authorized testing and certification bodies (ONC-ATCBs), among other things related to HIT product certification.  ONC-ATCBs verify that products meet certain criteria required for Complete EHR or EHR Module certification for use in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, or “meaningful use” (MU).  ONC-ATCBs do so using test tools for each criteria provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

In the future, the permanent certification program will add accreditation elements and split testing from certification.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare
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  1. November 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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