The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, is launching new programs to accredit accountable care organizations and physician practice management systems.

The ACO program, designed with input from a range of stakeholders, targets accountable care organizations, payers and the vendors that serve them. Capital Clinical Integrated Network, a Medicaid ACO in Washington, D.C., and vendor HEALTHEC which offers a platform with a suite of software and services to support ACOs, will be the first organizations to go through the accreditation program in a final test of criteria before a formal launch expected in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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,” says Lee Barrett, executive director of industry-supported EHNAC. The organization has offered a range of accreditation programs during the past 20 years.

EHNAC launched the practice management systems accreditation program in partnership with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, with input from a variety of stakeholders. Three vendors--GE Healthcare, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems and MedInformatix--are the pilot sites before the program is launched to other vendors, which is anticipated in the third quarter of 2014.

Criteria in the program covers a suite of expected functionality covering technical performance, business processes and resource management, as well as compliance with HIPAA privacy/security/transaction standards/CORE operating rules, and readiness to support ICD-10 in 2015.


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