The final rule changed several elements from the proposed rule. One changed feature under the final rule is that one entity will be responsible for testing EHRs, and another entity will be responsible for certifying the EHRs. No single entity will be allowed to perform both activities.
Other changes involve the process for accrediting the testing and certifying entities. Those entities that were approved to test and certify records under the temporary program will not automatically be accredited under the permanent program and will have to meet any criterion required under the permanent program. The permanent program is scheduled to begin January 12, 2012.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding certification of EHRs, or any compliance issues, please contact one of our attorneys at 248-544-0888 or visit www.Wachler.com for more information.