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ONC Grants Flexibility for EHR Certification Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a final rule granting greater flexibility and clarity for the 2014 edition electronic health record (EHR) certification criteria. The final rule includes 10 optional criteria and 2 revised criteria that intend to reduce regulatory burden, increase flexibility, and enhance EHR interoperability and secure information exchange. These criteria, along with the previously released 2014 edition EHR certification criteria, establish technical capabilities and implementation specifications for certified EHR technology to support reporting required for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Hospitals participating in these programs must begin using 2014 edition EHR certification criteria beginning with the fiscal year 2015 reporting period. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services previously released an interactive tool to help hospitals determine their EHR certification reporting options.

Please contact Xiaoyi Huang, JD, director of policy, at xhuang@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127, with questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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