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EHNAC Releases Criteria for Various Accreditation Programs

May 29, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
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The Farmington, Conn.-based Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, has posted new criteria for various accreditation programs including ones that address the new HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] Omnibus Rule, and ones on cloud computing, health information exchange, and ePrescribing.

 “The latest criteria versions of EHNAC’s programshave been revised in coordination with emerging industry initiatives such as the Omnibus Rule and cloud computing specifications to offer the best reflection of industry standards for health data exchange,” Mark Gingrich, commissioner and criteria committee chair of EHNAC, said in a statement. “We’re actively involved with the ongoing changes and the ways in which our programs can be modified accordingly. We encourage interested parties to review the published criteria and provide feedback for our committee and stakeholders to consider and implement as necessary.”

EHNAC has invited public comment on the various programs. The comment period starts on May 29, 2013 and will end in two months, on July 29.

The programs are as followed:

1. ePAP – e-Prescribing Accreditation Program

2. EPCSCP-Pharmacy– Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program – Pharmacy Vendor

3. EPCSCP-Prescribing– Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program – Prescribing Vendor

4. FSAP EHN – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks

5. FSAP Lockbox – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Lockbox Services

6. HIEAP – Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program

7. HNAP EHN – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks [Includes Payer]

8. HNAP Medical Biller – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Medical Billers

9. HNAP TPA – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Third Party Administrators

10. MSOAP – Management Service Organization Accreditation Program

11. OSAP – Outsourced Services Accreditation Program2

12. OSAP HIE – Outsourced Services Accreditation Program for Health Information Exchange Services

13. DTAAP-HISP(NEW) – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Health Information Service Providers

14. DTAAP-CA(NEW) – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Certificate Authorities

15. DTAAP-RA(NEW) – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Registration Authorities

In November, EHNAC worked with the DirectTrust, a non-profit governance organization aimed at creating a framework for the direct exchange of secure health information, to create an accreditation program for Direct exchange policies. As of April of this year, 12 health information service providers and certificate authorities are enrolled in the accreditation program.

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