| To receive your EHR incentive payments, the only relevant certification is the ONC-ATCB Meaningful Use certification.
Organizations such as CCHIT and others have spawned new certification programs which have, whether intentionally or not, caused confusion in the healthcare market. For instance, CCHIT created a Preliminary ARRA 2011 certification. This was worthless in terms of qualifying for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Certification bodies have also created modular and specialty certifications. These are also worthless for attesting for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs unless they have the ONC-ATCB certification. Modular or specialty certifications could also be dangerous to your clinic as they may not meet ONC-ATCB requirements, and or may not meet your clinical needs.
To read more on Federal Meaningful Use Certification, please see the links below:
For further reading on this topic, we recommend:
An article by Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, that appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine when CCHIT was the only certification option. See the link after the excerpt below:
"ONCHIT currently contracts with a private organization, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, (CCHIT) to certify EHRs as having the basic capabilities the federal government believes they need. But many certified EHRs are neither user-friendly nor designed to meet HITECH’s ambitious goal of improving quality and efficiency in the health care system. Tightening the certification process is a critical early challenge for ONCHIT."
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