No. In order to meet regulatory requirements implementing the HITECH Act, including the definition of “Certified EHR Technology,” EHR technology (Complete EHRs and/or EHR Modules) must be tested and certified by an ONC-ATCB. Any other certifications issued by an organization that is not an ONC-ATCB at the time of issuance will be invalid for purposes of meeting the definition of Certified EHR Technology and cannot be used to qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive
Programs. Unless reissued in accordance with the requirements of the temporary certification program, certifications previously issued by an online casino organization that has subsequently become an ONC-ATCB will also be invalid for purposes of satisfying the definition of “Certified EHR Technology,” because such certifications were issued prior to the organization achieving ONC-ATCB status.
Certification by an ONC-ATCB means that EHR technology meets the specific standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria established for the temporary certification program. (HHS issued an interim final rule outlining specific standards and certification criteria on December 30, 2009, and a final rule is expected to be issued in the near future.)
EHR technology must be tested and certified by an organization authorized by ONC as an ONC-ATCB, using currently adopted standards and certification criteria. Once ONC has authorized testing and certification organizations as ONC-ATCBs, the follow actions are appropriate:
Developers of EHR technology who wish to have their EHR technology tested and certified
Health care providers who are eligible under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive