The non-profit health care accrediting organization aims to help providers make informed purchasing decisions for electronic medical records software and other products.

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) recently announced a new certification for vendors who provide products, such as electronic patient records, human resources management solutions, document management tools, and more.

This new certification will help to simplify the process of ensuring that vendors comply with ACHC standards while helping organizations make informed purchasing decisions. The ACHC standards already require organizations seeking accreditation to ensure compliance by the vendors they engage with. The new certification aims to simplify the process.

A product can be certified in seven areas, each aligning with a group of ACHC standards that an organization must adhere to in order to achieve accreditation. These areas include evaluating vendor compliance for administration, operations, fiscal management, human resources, provision of care, and record management, quality, and risk management. 

An electronic medical records (EMR) software solutions agency, Careficient, is the first to receive ACHC product certification, with certification in each of the seven areas for home health, hospice, and home care.

“At Careficient, we prioritize quality and compliance,” says Kristie Meers, vice president of clinical and regulatory at Jensen Beach, Fla.-based Careficient, in a statement. “We develop EMR solutions that make agency operations more efficient, and software that safeguards compliance to mitigate potential risk to our clients. Attaining ACHC’s official EMR certification provides the added assurance that Careficient meets the high standards set for our industry and strives to deliver exceptional quality for regulatory compliance requirements.

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