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ONC Now Requires Publicly Accessible Certification Test Results

ONC’s 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria define the requirements that EHR technology must meet in order to be used by eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. In addition to these criteria, ONC made some policy changes to the HIT Certification Program.

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Deadline by a Month

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2013.

"This extension will allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year, as well as avoid the 2015 payment adjustment."

CCHIT will no longer offer ONC testing and certification services, or its independently developed certification programs

CCHIT announced a new strategic direction that will return it to its founding public mission of supporting the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. CCHIT plans to offer direct counsel to both healthcare providers and health IT developers on the requirements for certified EHR technology and how to best satisfy HIT regulations published by organizations and governments.

Spend Valentines day at the CMS eHealth Summit

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting the CMS eHealth Summit on ICD-10. The Summit will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET at the CMS Headquarters in Baltimore, MD.

At this meeting, representatives from various health care sectors will share their perspectives on preparing for the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance date. Panels will include health care providers, payers and vendors, who will discuss best practices, address potential challenges, and available resources.

EHR Usability Consultation and Certification

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released certification and meaningful use requirements for electronic health records (EHRs). These require that EHR vendors include evidence of user-centered design and user test results in their certification submission. To be able to obtain the ONC certification (and meaningful use funding) EHR vendors must follow a formal User Centered Design (UCD) process and perform summative usability testing on specific areas of the product.

HHS makes progress on Health IT Safety Plan with release of the SAFER Guides

ONC today released the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides. These guides are a suite of tools that include checklists and recommended practices designed to help health care providers and the organizations that support them assess and optimize the safety and safe use of EHRs.

CGI Federal out -- Accenture in for Healthcare.gov

The Obama administration has signed Accenture to replace CGI Federal as the main IT contractor on the HealthCare.gov health insurance exchange, according to a Jan. 10 Washington Post report. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-to-end-contr...

The deal would have a 12-month term and is estimated at about $90 million, the Post reported.

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