ANSI Wins Second Term as Accreditor for ONC’s Certification Program

May 14, 2014 in News

On Tuesday, HHS announced that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT approved the American National Standards Institute for another three-year term to serve as the ONC-Approved Accreditor for the Health IT Certification Program, EHR Intelligence reports (Murphy, EHR Intelligence, 5/14).

Background

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

In January 2011, ONC issued a final rule to establish a permanent certification program for EHR systems and modules. In June 2011, ONC designated the American National Standards Institute as the ONC-Approved Accreditor, or ONC-AA, to accredit groups aiming to become a health IT certification body (iHealthBeat, 9/4/12).

According to EHR Intelligence, ANSI’s initial three-year term is scheduled to end next month.

Renewal Details

Earlier this year, then-acting National Coordinator for Health IT Jacob Reider announced a 30-day request period for organizations seeking ONC-AA status to “ensure the continuity of the accreditation process and the ongoing responsibilities of the ONC-AA under the ONC [Health IT] Certification Program” (EHR Intelligence, 5/14).

ONC said that ANSI was awarded the designation after a competitive process, which included “an evaluation against a specific set of requirements.” Those requirements included:

  • Compliance to general requirements for accreditation organizations and organizations that issue accrediting conformity assessments; and
  • Experience evaluating certification organizations’ compliance with general requirements for organizations that operate product certification systems (HHS release, 5/13).
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