Designation Enables BCA To Help Hospitals and Physicians Meet Government's Goal To Use EHR Technology Effectively
ATLANTA - Business Computer Applications, Inc. (BCA) today announced that PEARL® EMR v 7.0 (initially certified on January 18, 2011) has received updated ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 EHR Module certification for the "Calculate and Submit Clinical Quality Measures" criterion by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The ONC designation is a part of the federal government's "meaningful use" program designed to improve the quality and efficiency of care for Medicare and Medicaid populations. Hospitals and medical care providers that choose to participate in the program must capture and report clinical quality measures utilizing certified electronic health records (EHR) technology.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted 44 clinical measures to be captured for eligible providers comprised of three types: three core measures, three alternative measures and 38 additional measures. For the 2011 and 2012 reporting period, eligible providers must submit results for three core measures, three alternative measures and three of the 38 additional measures.
"Receiving the ONC-ATCB certification is a significant milestone for BCA," said BCA Chief Executive Officer Albert Woodard. "I believe this continues to position BCA in a leadership role as the federal government continues to drive the widespread adoption of EHR technology throughout the health care system."
Eligible providers participate in an incentive program under a payment plan determined by the CMS. In 2015, CMS will reduce payments to eligible providers who are not "meaningful users" of certified HER technology.
BCA's ONC reporting module is presented in an easy-to-understand "dashboard" view that displays the up-to-date status of the measures being tracked and allows users to quickly access the criteria behind the measures.
PEARL® Version 7's certification number is CC-1112-398871-2. This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for Eligible Providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
PEARL® Version 7 meets the following certification criteria:
o 170.302(a) Drug-Drug/Drug-Allergy Checks
o 170.302(b) Drug-Formulary Checks
o 170.302(c) Problem List
o 170.302(d) Medication List
o 170.302(e) Allergy List
o 170.302(f)(1) Vital Signs
o 170.302(f)(2) Body Mass Index
o 170.302(f)(3) Growth Chart
o 170.302(h) Incorporate Lab Results
o 170.302(j) Medication Reconciliation
o 170.302(n) Automate Measure Calculation
o 170.302(o) Access Control
o 170.302(p) Emergency Access
o 170.302(q) Automatic Log-Off
o 170.302(r) Audit Log
o 170.302(s) Integrity
o 170.302(t) Authentication
o 170.302(u) General Encryption
o 170.302(v) Encryption when Exchanging Clinical Information
o 170.304(a) CPOE
o 170.304(b) ePrescribing
o 170.304(c) Record Demographics
o 170.304(j) Calculate and Submit Clinical Quality Measures
The clinical quality measures to which Pearl® EMR Version 7 has been certified include: NQF 0013, NQF 0024, NQF, 0028 NQF 0031, NQF 0034, NQF 0038, NQF 0041, NQF 0059 and NQF 0421. For pricing and more information on the ONC module and PEARL Version 7, contact Ralph Simpson, EVP Marketing, Sales, and Business Development, email@example.com, (571) 333-8225.
Business Computer Applications Inc. (BCA) is a leading provider of health information technology solutions and has served hundreds of clients in public, private, and correctional healthcare. The company offers electronic medical record, practice management, financial management, scheduling, accounting, and case management information systems along with a wide range of consulting and technical services. For more information on BCA visit www.bca.us.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at cchit.org.
About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification
The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more - but not all - of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
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