The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a proposed rule governing discipline of an ONC-Approved Accreditor. This is a single ONC-selected entity that will accredit organizations wishing to be a health I.T. certification body under the permanent electronic health records certification program scheduled to start in 2012.

"This rule proposes a process for addressing instances where the ONC-Approved Accreditor engages in improper conduct or does not perform its responsibilities under the permanent certification program," according to the rule. "This rule also proposes to address the status of ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies in instances were there may be a change in the accreditation organization serving as the ONC-AA and clarifies the responsibilities of the new ONC-AA."

The rule, being published in the Federal Register on May 31, is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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