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Many Vendors Continue to Struggle with 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria

On November 6, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee held its first business meeting since the federal government shutdown. The most interesting discussion was an update from ONC staff on the certification status of products supporting the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (“meaningful use” or MU).

As of October 21, only 33 vendors with 2011 Edition certified products used by eligible professionals (EPs) in previous years of MU are now offering 2014 Edition certified products. Of those, only 22 vendors now offer products certified for all criteria in the “Base EHR” definition. Note that this data is limited to vendors with 2011 Edition certified products that were the primary components of actual meaningfully used certified EHR technology (CEHRT).

Alarmingly, only about half of the vendors whose 2011 Edition certified products were the primary component of diagnostic radiologists’ certified EHR technology (CEHRT) in previous years of MU now offer 2014 Edition certified products. Of the vendors who do, only slightly more than half now offer products certified for all criteria in the Base EHR definition.

The point is that everyone participating in MU must use 2014 Edition certified products next year. Moreover, everyone must have the Base EHR definition covered, plus any additional criteria that correspond with CMS MU measures they need to meet, in order to have a product combination that meets the regulatory definition of “CEHRT” in 2014 and beyond.  Therefore, previous MU participants should be fully cognizant of their vendors’ certification plans; EPs should not just assume they will be taken care of by their existing vendor.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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