In this month’s post, we take a look at the ACR’s comments on the ONC’s Proposed Rule to establish voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria.
Last month, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) regarding the agency’s proposed rule to establish voluntary 2015 Edition EHR certification criteria. The 2015 Edition would be an optional alternative to the 2014 Edition criteria for the certification of products used by participants in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (“meaningful use”). Additionally, the proposed rule included several questions intended to inform the ONC’s future 2017 Edition rulemaking.
he ONC’s two previous EHR certification criteria rulemakings took about 7 to 8 months between the publication dates of the proposed rules and final rules. While it is possible ONC could turn the 2015 Edition final rule around more quickly (perhaps even as early as August), it is unclear how the separate and conflicting 2017 Edition rulemaking will impact the timing.
Links to resources:
- ACR Comments on 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria
- Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements
- Progress on Adoption of Electronic Health Records
For more information, please visit the Radiology and HIT Blog.
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