EHNAC Updates Accreditation Criteria for ACO, HIE Programs

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has adopted updated accreditation criteria for 15 of its health IT programs, including the Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Program, Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program, and other administrative, financial, security, and ePrescribing options.

EHNAC began to certify accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the summer of 2014, offering an industry standard for organizations hoping to reap financial rewards from risk-sharing and value-based care.  “Today’s ACOs have taken the lead in driving the value-based care model and placing the importance of improving patient outcomes above all else,” said Lee Barrett, Executive Director at EHNAC, in July. “This new program strengthens the data exchange platforms that make those clinical successes possible by giving a third-party ‘stamp of approval’ to those ACO stakeholders who have demonstrated the secure management of protected health information (PHI) and can provide assurances to their overall corporate integrity and trust between entities.”

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