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Allscripts First to Offer 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology

Allscripts is the first vendor to offer 2015 Edition Certified EHR technology to meet the requirements of the Quality Payment Program under MACRA.

2015 Edition CEHRT

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By Kate Monica

- Allscripts is now offering a health IT suite that meets 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) criteria, leading the pack into the new era of upgraded electronic health record tools.  

With the Quality Payment Program underway, eligible clinicians are looking for vendors able to provide solutions allowing for relevant workflows. Additionally, providers are eager to implement the necessary technology to meet the requirements of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Through a partnership with Drummond Group LLC, Allscripts will offer a professional EHR certified for modified meaningful use Stage 2, meaningful use Stage 3, advancing care information (ACI), and ACI transition requirements.

“As a leader in the EHR market, it was important that we partner with the Drummond Group to test and certify ahead of the industry for our clients,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Allscripts Ambulatory Steve Lalonde. “The Drummond Group’s industry leading expertise, professionalism and responsiveness enabled our developers to address all of the ONC’s complex regulatory criteria and become a 2015 certified technology.”

2015 Edition CEHRT is intended to enable industry-wide interoperability to improve health data exchange and population health management.  

"This marks an important milestone for Certified EHR Technology,” said Senior Technical Adviser and Test Proctor for Drummond Group Timothy Bennett. “Allscripts Professional EHR is the first Health IT product to meet all the qualifications from CMS and ONC that enable providers to meet the strict requirements necessary to participate in the Advancing Care Information program for Medicare and the Meaningful Use Stage 3 program for Medicaid. I've witnessed the hard work put forth by Allscripts to ensure that its clients are positioned well for the new MACRA/MIPs legislation and improve the Health Certification program for everyone.”

With potential Medicare payment adjustments looming, providers are under pressure to adopt the required certified health IT in a timely manner.

While vendors are working on bringing the new version of EHR technology to their consumers, the deadlines for doing so are unclear.   

HIMSS recently requested to delay federal requirements for 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology use, stating that the lack of finalized test tools available for software development and certification necessitated a deadline extension for providers.

The organization recommended moving the start date of 2015 Edition CEHRT requirements from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018.

The six month delay is meant to give vendors and providers enough time to guarantee their products are equipped to complete the certification process.

The delay would also time for 2015 Edition CEHRT to be fully tested and implemented while giving healthcare organizations time to train staff and make workflow adjustments for safe use of the technology, HIMSS contended.



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