November 4, 2010 — Midwest Software, developer of Chiro QuickCharts has just announced they are now ARRA certified as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Midwest Software applied and was certified through the Drummond Group on Oct. 29, 2010. Drummond Group was designated as an ATCB (Authorized Testing and Certification Body) on Aug. 30, 2010 along with CCHIT.
Chiro QuickCharts has been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Chiro QuickCharts has been certified by an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) and reported to ONC.
For certified product listings, please visit: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert
Providers may receive monies for achieving “meaningful use” with their EHR/EMR software in effort to improve the efficiency and adoption rate of healthcare providers across the country.
The amount of the incentives depends on when the EMR is adopted and if the provider qualifies based on meaningful use guidelines. Providers reaching ARRA certified status in 2011 or 2012 will receive $44,000 paid out in five annual payments ranging from $18,000 the first year to $2,000 the fifth year.
Providers who incorporate an ARRA-certified product in 2013 will receive reduced incentives of $39,000 and those who reach certification in 2014 will get $24,000. The incentives will expire shortly after and providers who have not achieved certification by 2014 will not be able to share in the incentives.
The chairman of CCHIT, Karen Bell, has warned providers to start their search for the right EMR immediately, saying that meaningful use may take, at the least, 18 month from installation and more likely, two years or more.
For more information on certification, please visit: http://healthit.hhs.gov.
Source: Midwest Software, www.quick-charts.com