ONC corrects 2015 Edition proposed rule

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has made corrections regarding four certification criteria to its proposed rule for the voluntary 2015 Edition of EHR technology certification criteria.

ONC's Federal Policy Division Director Steven Posnack corrected the preamble text and gap certification table for the certification criteria that were omitted and provides information on inactive web links that appear in the proposed rule. "These errors are identified and corrected in this correction notice," Posnack wrote.

Originally published on Feb. 26, the 2015 Edition certification criteria proposals fall into four general categories: clarifying revisions, standards updates, restructuring and new certification criteria proposals. The rule proposes: new certification criteria on functionality to support patient population filtering of clinical quality measures; improved interoperability exchange for transitions of care and clinical decision support; and a path for certification of non-Meaningful Use EHR technology.

The proposed rule also indicates that incremental rules would be voluntary. ONC intends to update certification criteria editions every 12 to 18 months to provide smaller, more incremental regulatory changes and policy proposals.

ONC is accepting comments to the proposed rule until April 28 and the final rule is expected this summer.