To receive federal incentive payments, providers are required to use electronic health records systems and modules that have been certified as meeting specific functional and security requirements.
But EHR certification has become a perplexing issue for I.T. leaders after the Office of the National Coordinator decided earlier this year to dramatically change its EHR certification process by revising the criteria and allowing multiple entities to act as Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies for its temporary EHR certification program. EHR products certified under the old program now must have new certifications as part of the process to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use incentive payments.

The Drummond Group, Austin, Texas, is one of three organizations currently authorized by the government to certify EHR software. And Rik Drummond, the firm’s CEO and chief scientist, is set to explain the intricacies of EHR certification at Health Data Management’s annual Health IT Summit, held Nov. 14-16 this year in Chicago.

Drummond will provide an overview of the EHR certification market and advise attendees on how to ensure the EHR software they’re using is certified and that their organizations are eligible to apply for incentive payments in 2011. He’ll also explain the differences between certifications for Complete EHRs that support all Stage 1 criteria, and EHR Modules, or niche applications, which meet specific criteria.

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