ONC accepting applications for an approved accreditor

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is now accepting submissions from entities that wish to become the agency's "approved accreditor," which is the entity that approves the organizations selected to be ONC authorized certification bodies and performs other functions related to certification in the Meaningful Use program. The three-year term of the first ONC approved accreditor in the permanent certification program--the American National Standards Institute--ends in June 2014. According to a Federal Register notice, entities wishing to attain ONC-Approved Accreditor status must submit their request for consideration by Feb. 18. The request needs to include, among other things, the entity's requirements and procedures to monitor the authorized certified bodies. Announcement