The Medical Group Management Association wants ONC to deem electronic health record software certified by CCHIT in 2008 or later as meeting the requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 1, according to the organization’s comment letter on the Certification Process NPRM.
MGMA also wants the final regulation to:
- Permit virtual testing of EHR software by certification entities;
- Offer eligible professionals a grace period of at least one year if their EHR software be “decertified; and
- Develop a certification process that facilitates appropriate EHR software selection by the physician practice
“MGMA representatives will continue to advocate for simplified EHR incentive program requirements, logistics and software certification processes. MGMA representatives believe that stringent program requirements will exclude a large percentage of physician practices from participating, which undermines the intention of the legislation,” the organization stated.