A task force created by the Chicago-based Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has provided strategic guidance on development for certification for long term and post acute care EHRs.
The recommendations from the Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Advisory Task Force focus heavily on the EHR technology requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and will identify core certification criteria common to four priority care settings: skilled nursing and nursing facilities, Medicare certified home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals, according to the Commission.
Other recommendations include reusing or adapting existing criteria from other CCHIT certification programs; identifying additional criteria specific to each care setting; and including a roadmap indicating when the criteria are expected to be implemented, it says. To view the final recommendations or obtain information about key dates, click here.
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