Colorado Medical Society

http://www.cms.org/articles/ama-weigh-in-on-new-practice-management-system-accreditation-program/

AMA: Weigh in on new Practice Management System Accreditation Program

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:03 PM

A new vendor accreditation program for practice management systems aims to reduce administrative burdens for physician practices by increasing vendor compliance with the standard electronic transactions and operating rules mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The program was developed for organizations that electronically exchange health care data by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, alongside other industry stakeholders. The goal of the program is to establish a baseline set of functionalities and features for practice management system software and allow vendors to demonstrate their adherence to quality, privacy, and transactional and security standards.

Comments are due Feb. 10, when the public review and comment period for the draft Practice Management System Accreditation Program criteria will close. The AMA strongly encourages physician analysis and input from medical associations. Click here to visit the EHNAC website to review the program’s draft criteria and submit feedback.