Significant changes to EHNAC accreditation programs to align with OCR Phase II Protocol, HIPAA privacy and security consistency, DirectTrust's new release of Certificate and HISP Policies
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced recently the release of new versions for its 18 accreditation programs for use starting January 1, 2017. There were several impactful changes to areas of the criteria for all programs, including updates relative to the OCR Phase II Protocol, aligning HIPAA privacy and security criteria, and significant edits to the three DTAAP programs to reflect DirectTrust's new releases of its Certificate and HISP Policies.
Healthcare industry stakeholders are encouraged to regularly visit the EHNAC website to download and review the latest EHNAC criteria versions in full detail. Applicant candidates commencing the accreditation or re-accreditation process in 2017 will be required to adhere to these updated criteria versions.
Following the standard, 60-day public comment period, EHNAC's criteria committee and commission has incorporated public feedback to finalize and adopt the enhanced and final criteria versions for the following accreditation programs:
The EHNAC criteria for each of its accreditation programs sets the foundational requirements for measuring an organization's ability to meet federal and state healthcare reform mandates such as HIPAA, Omnibus, ARRA/HITECH, ACA and other mandates for covered entities and business associates focusing on the areas of privacy, security, confidentiality, best practices, procedures and assets.
1 The Cloud Enabled Accreditation Program is provided only as an add-on program for organizations that have applied for another program. The Cloud Service Provider (CSP) must be FedRAMP-certified, and an additional site visit day is required for reviewing the details of this program.
2 OSAP includes 10 different accreditation programs tailored for Accountable Care Organizations; Call Centers; Data Centers; DRP Facilities; Health Information Exchanges; 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 accountable care organizations, data registries, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.
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. For more information, visit www.ehnac.org.