The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, has released for public comment draft criteria for a new accountable care organization accreditation program expected to be formally launched in early 2015.

EHNAC throughout this year has been developing the program, designed with input from a range of stakeholders, and targeting accountable care organizations, payers and the vendors that serve them. The program “gives a third-party stamp of approval to those ACO stakeholders who have demonstrated the secure management of protected health information and can provide assurances to their overall corporate integrity and trust between entities,” Lee Barrett, executive director of industry-supported EHNAC, said in a July interview with Health Data Management. The organization has offered a range of accreditation programs during the past 20 years.

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