Both CCHIT’s Comprehensive and Modular EHR certification programs will be updated to conform to the Meaningful Use Interim Final Rule, and applications for certification will open on the rule’s effective date of Feb. 12, according to the organization. CCHIT says approximately 12 vendors that had already achieved certification under its latest programs will be offered incremental testing at no fee to close any gaps, and that a gap analysis to assist that effort has been posted at http://www.cchit.org/get_certified. For all other EHR vendors, the updated criteria and scripts will be published “soon.”
CCHIT will hold a Web-based teleconference on Jan. 26 to discuss the changes in its programs and answer questions. Information about the call is available at http://www.cchit.org/about/towncalls/hhs-ifr-hit-gap-analysis.
The IFR was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 13, along with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) describing the meaningful use objectives and incentive payment schedules for adoption of certified EHRs.
In other CCHIT news, the organization is beginning the development of its Site certification program and expects to launch it this summer, after HHS announces its final rules on Meaningful Use.
Site certification is designed to accommodate hospitals and health care providers who have EHR technology already implemented. The program will be designed to inspect and certify any mix of EHR technologies in place, whether commercial, open source, or self-developed. More information will be available on this program “soon.”