Electronic Health Records

CMS redefines certified EHR technology criteria for 2014

In an announcement written by Robert Tagalicod, the Director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS), the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has redefined certified EHR technology. While eligible professionals participating in Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs still need to use certified EHR technology, this change will allow more flexibility for practices selecting the technology, and the ability for vendors to offer more need-specific EHR options.

By the 2011 Edition criteria, all participants needed to use a complete EHR, often leaving providers with unused or useless technology that did not help them fulfill Meaningful Use. Under the new HHS policy (the 2014 Edition criteria), practices may choose only the technology required to meet Stage 1 and Stage 2 requirements, giving room for customized EHR technology.

To help providers find practice-specific technology, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) offers a Certified Health IT Product List containing all certified EHR technology under both the 2011 and 2014 Edition criteria.

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