The Health IT Policy Committee's Certification and Adoption Workgroup is seeking public comment on a draft set of voluntary EHR certification criteria for behavioral health and long-term and post-acute care settings.

According to Larry Wolf, co-chair of the Certification and Adoption Workgroup, in most cases providers in these settings are not eligible to receive funding from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. "Though these settings have different needs, there are many characteristics that are shared by LTPAC and BH providers. For both settings, stakeholders have shared their frustration regarding the lack of reliable, interoperable systems," wrote Wolf in a May 14 blog. "Stakeholders also shared their thoughts on how to ensure that a voluntary certification initiative does not stifle innovation, is useful to both the patient and the provider, and is right-sized to provide needed functionality while keeping costs down."

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