Get Your EHR Certification FAQs Straight

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently added a question and answer section to its website that generally pertains to compliance of certified electronic health record (EHR) systems. Questions are broken up into three sections: Regulations, Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rule, and Temporary Certification Program.

So if you’re wondering “What certification criteria will ONC-ATCBs use to certify EHR technology for purposes of the ‘deeming’ provision of the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition and Anti-Kickback EHR Exception and Safe Harbor Final Rules?” or “If an EHR Module addresses multiple certification criteria (thus providing multiple capabilities), does it need to be tested and certified to the applicable privacy and security certification criteria as a whole or for each capability?” then you’ll want to read the answers to these and other questions on the ONC Regulations FAQs page.

If you’re more interested in finding out the difference between a “complete” EHR and an EHR “module,” or what clinical quality measures EHR technology must include to be certified, check out the Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rule: Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Whereas you can find answers to all your burning questions regarding the temporary certification program on the Temporary Certification Program: Frequently Asked Questions webpage.


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