EHNAC Seeks Public Review and Comment of the New Criteria for Each of its Accreditation Programs
Standards development organization solicits input from industry stakeholders on accreditation criteria
FARMINGTON, Conn. – October 1, 2009 – The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, announced today that it has posted new versions of program criteria for general public review and comment. Parties are requested to provide opinions, comments and suggestions for the upgraded criteria versions that have been developed for each of EHNAC’s accreditation programs.
The open process for adopting criteria will last 60 days, commencing on Oct. 1, 2009 and ending on Nov. 30, 2009.
Below is a listing of the nine affected programs:
1. ASPAP-EHR – Application Service Provider Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Records
2. ePAP – e-Prescribing Accreditation Program
3. FSAP EHN – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks
4. FSAP Lockbox – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Lockbox Services
5. HNAP EHN – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks
6. HNAP Medical Biller – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Medical Billers
7. HNAP TPA – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for TPAs
8. HNAP-70 – Healthcare Network Accreditation Plus Select SAS 70©1 Criteria Program
9. OSAP – Outsourced Services Accreditation Program2
“The latest criteria versions of EHNAC’s programs have been revised in coordination with evolving industry standards and the ongoing cooperation of industry stakeholders. The criteria enhancement process is a continual initiative by EHNAC, and these revisions are made to better evaluate and account for the technical environments of healthcare organizations,” says Mark Gingrich, commissioner and criteria committee chair of EHNAC. “We encourage all parties that have an interest in these programs to participate in providing their feedback with regard to the necessity, appropriateness and workability of the criteria versions proposed for adoption.”
EHNAC accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and confirms compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations. For more details or to review the latest EHNAC criteria, please visit, www.ehnac.org.
1 SAS 70(©) is a proprietary term owned by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
2OSAP includes eight different accreditation programs tailored for Call Centers, Data Centers, DRP Facilities, Media Storage, Network Administrators, Printing, Product Development and Scanning.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges and e-prescribing solution providers.
EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.