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ONC Health IT Certification Program

Health IT Certification and EHR Incentives

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manages the CMS EHR Incentive Programs and meaningful use. The CMS EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments to Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) as they adopt certified EHRs and successfully achieve meaningful use (MU).

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The HITECH Act charged ONC with creating and maintaining a health IT certification program. In 2010, ONC established the ONC Health IT Certification Program to oversee the certification and testing of health IT products.

In the Program, ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs) and Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATLs) test and certify health IT products. ONC then adds certified health IT products to the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL), the authoritative, comprehensive listing of certified health IT. EPs and EHs use the CHPL to identify the certified health IT they possess and generate a matching CMS EHR Certification ID as part of the meaningful use attestation process.

For more information on using the CHPL to generate a CMS EHR Certification ID, please visit the step-by-step instruction available on the site. For information on how to register for the CMS EHR Incentive Programs or questions about the attestation process and payments, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website or contact the CMS EHR Information Center.

CMS EHR Information Center Hours of Operation:

  7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
  1-888-734-6433* (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number)

Standards and Certification Criteria

CMS establishes the meaningful use objectives and measures which EPs and EHs must achieve in order to qualify for incentive payments. The standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria adopted by the HHS Secretary establish the minimum requirements that certified health IT must conform to. To access the Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rules, please visit our Regulations Page.

The ONC Health IT Certification Program establishes the ONC-Approved Test Method which must be used to evaluate the conformance of products to the standards and certification criteria. For more information, please visit Testing and Test Methods.

Health IT Certification and Meaningful Use

Certification ensures that the health IT providers choose to adopt offers the necessary capabilities, functionalities, and security to enable them to achieve MU.

To qualify to receive incentive payments, EPs and EHs must successfully attest to meaningful use by adopting and demonstrating their meaningful use of certified health IT.