EHNAC Enters New Frontiers in Accreditation

Will look at ICD-10 Readiness from a PMS vendor perspective; and accrediting ACOs

Amid the madness of the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference last week in Orlando, nonprofits, Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), announced they were creating a Practice Management System Accreditation Program (PMSAP).PMS vendors perform various administrative and clinical functions on behalf of providers. EHNAC and WEDI will assess vendors in the areas of privacy, security, mandated standards and operating rules, and key operational functions. It will also include looking at the technical infrastructure and best practices, as well as additional criteria.Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC, spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the news. “We will have three beta organizations, made up practice system management vendors—small, medium, and large. They will go through the beta process with us develop and refine the criteria that will be used,” Barrett said to HCI.

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