The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, has finalized 2014 criteria for all 14 of its programs.

Following an update in mid-2013, the new criteria include few significant changes, according to a spokesperson. There were minor enhancements to support provisions of the HIPAA Omnibus rule, and further clarification of criteria and their accompanying guidance for certificate authorities and registration authorities supporting the Direct Project secure messaging program. And, the HIE program was consolidated with other outsourced services programs.

Existing accreditation programs cover health information exchanges, electronic prescribing, e-prescribing of controlled substances, financial services, claims clearinghouses, medical billers, payer-owned electronic health networks, third-party administrators, management service organizations, and outsourced services such as call centers and remote hosting. More information on the industry-sponsored organization is available at

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