Greenway Health, the Carrollton, Ga.-based health IT vendor, has announced that its SuccessEHS electronic health record (EHR) product has achieved 2015 ONC Health IT certification.
The latest certified edition, SuccessEHS v9.0, is now generally available to customers. This version was certified via Drummond Group LLC, an Authorized Certification Body from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC-ACBs) that has been empowered to test software for compliance with the requirements of the federal government’s ongoing EHR adoption.
The solution, one of the 2015 certified EHRs available in the marketplace, is designed to help community health centers, federally qualified health centers, and rural health clinics maintain focus on their missions to provide quality, affordable care in underserved communities. The solution does this in part through streamlined Ryan White and Uniform Data Set (UDS) measurement and reporting, according to officials.
Greenway officials noted that this EHR will enable community health providers to receive payments for improving healthcare under meaningful use Stage 3 and Quality Payment Program requirements. Eligible practices that rely on paper-based records or that use noncertified EHRs face up to 9 percent in penalties to their Medicare reimbursement in coming years.
In recent months, a major point of discussion was whether or not the government would require hospitals and physician practices to use 2015 edition certified EHRs by Jan. 1, 2018. Industry stakeholders have long advocated for a delay since they attest that most vendors are not yet certified for 2015 CEHRT, and that providers would also need more time to implement these products. As such, providers and association groups have been urging federal officials to push the deadline back six months until July 2018. But a proposed rule that came out in April did not include a delay for hospitals.
On the physician practice front, it should be noted that in the government’s recent proposed rule for year two of the Quality Payment Program, flexibilities were afforded that would allow the use of 2014 Edition CEHRT while encouraging the use of 2015 edition CEHRT. Using 2015 Edition CEHRT exclusively would result in bonus points under the QPP, the rule noted. Some industry stakeholders saw this as a huge win for practices that need more time to implement these newer-version products.
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