HHS Ditches Plan For Separate E-Record Standards

Law360, New York (September 10, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday abandoned plans to create a new set of optional certification standards for electronic health records, bowing to complaints from vendors and health care providers who had warned that the move would be destabilizing.

The HHS, which proposed the voluntary standards in February, explained its about-face in a final rule on Wednesday that acknowledged several concerns, including worries that EHR vendors would not have the time or money to meet the additional criteria.

The final rule instead adopted a “small subset” of the standards proposed in February and incorporated them into an...

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