Last week our company reached an important milestone; we successfully attained ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 COMPLETE EHR certification. Acumen will be added to the CMS List of Certified EHR Technology (the CHPL) later this week. Our ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 testing was conducted by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) using the criteria in the Final Rule and the approved NIST Test Procedures. CCHIT® is recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) under this initial certification program created to certify that electronic health records (EHRs) are capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria to support Stage 1 incentives for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology by eligible providers and hospitals as described in ARRA.
What does this mean for our customers? In plain English it means hundreds of nephrologists across the country using Acumen may begin to demonstrate meaningful use today. As you may recall, the CMS EHR incentive program requires the physician to demonstrate meaningful use during any continuous 90-day period in their first reporting year. Today, January 3, 2011, is the first day a provider can register for the CMS meaningful use program. The sooner you start, the sooner you finish, and if you are successful, the faster you receive your financial incentive from CMS.
At Health IT Services Group we are excited to offer this opportunity to our rapidly expanding customer base. We will continue to work diligently in 2011 towards our goal of creating value for the practicing nephrologist. I cannot think of a better way to start the New Year.