The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) (@EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced the release of new versions for all 18 of its accreditation programs for use starting January 1, 2018. The significant updates to the 2018 criteria are in a large part due to EHNAC’s recently announced partnership with HITRUST®. The two organizations have collaborated to streamline the security and compliance assurances of the healthcare industry, while reducing the complexity, redundancy and costs of pursuing both HITRUST CSF certification and any of EHNAC’s program-specific accreditations. All EHNAC accreditation program criteria, except CEAP, have adopted privacy and security requirements from HITRUST CSF V9.0.
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 2018 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:
- ACOAP – Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Program (V3.0)
- CEAP – Cloud Enabled Accreditation Program1 (V1.2)
- DRAP – Data Registry Accreditation Program (V3.0)
- DTAAP-CA – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Certificate Authorities (V3.0)
- DTAAP-HISP P&S2 – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Health Information Service Providers (V1.0)
- DTAAP-RA – Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program for Registration Authorities (V3.0)
- ePAP-EHN – e-Prescribing Accreditation Program (V8.0)
- EPCSCP-Pharmacy – Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program – Pharmacy Vendor (V3.0)
- EPCSCP-Prescribing – Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program – Prescribing Vendor (V3.0)
- FSAP-EHN – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks (V4.0)
- FSAP-Lockbox – Financial Services Accreditation Program for Lockbox Services (V4.0)
- HIEAP – Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (V3.0)
- HNAP-EHN – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Electronic Health Networks [Includes Payer] (V12.0)
- HNAP-Medical Biller – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Medical Billers (V3.0)
- HNAP-TPA – Healthcare Network Accreditation Program for Third Party Administrators (V3.0)
- MSOAP – Management Service Organization Accreditation Program (V3.0)
- OSAP – Outsourced Services Accreditation Program3 (V3.0)
- PMSAP – Practice Management System Accreditation Program (V3.0)
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. Visit EHNAC for more details or to review the latest EHNAC criteria.
1The 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.
2The DTAAP-HISP P&S program replaces the DTAAP-HISP program from previous years. This new program covers only the non-HISP criteria, as DirectTrust will be administering the HISP-specific criteria through a separate program.
3OSAP includes 10 different accreditation programs tailored for Accountable Care Organization Technology Service Providers; Call Centers; Data Centers; DRP Facilities; Health Information Exchange Technology Service Providers; 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, e-prescribing 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. The Commission is an authorized HITRUST CSF Assessor, making it the only organization with the ability to provide both EHNAC accreditation and HITRUST CSF certification.