Cures Act Final Rule Certification Program
Dentrix Enterprise is preparing for the Cures Act.
The Cures Act Final Rule is the upcoming, follow-on to the goals achieved through the EHR Incentive Program, also known as the Meaningful Use Program (a component of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health [HITECH] Act). The Cures Act Final Rule program is intended to put patients in charge of their health records, empowering them with greater control of their health care.
As with the Meaningful Use Program, the Cures Act Final Rule implements interoperability requirements for providers of electronic health records (EHRs). And, as with Meaningful Use, Dentrix Enterprise is already in the process of certifying for the Updates to the 2015 Edition Certification Criteria — requirements of this new program under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Dentrix Enterprise expects to be fully certified before the Final Rule is effective on December 31, 2023.
The rich heritage of Dentrix Enterprise technology is well-suited to support users for this program and in many other ways:
- Dentrix Enterprise features an open database using Microsoft® SQL Server™.
- Dentrix Enterprise data has been open and accessible to user for years — unlike some software providers that block access to their data.
- Dentrix Enterprise has a rich history of assisting users with clinical quality measures (CQM) reporting for Meaningful Use (measures/reporting).
- Dentrix Enterprise offers extensive reporting capabilities that have enabled users to successfully complete application and reporting requirements for grant programs.
- Integration of dental and medical technologies with EHRs through HL7®, FHIR® and CCDA patient exporting (version 2.1)
- Capabilities for HIE access and integration
As stated on the Cures Act Final Rule website, patients need more power in their health care, and access to information is key to making that happen. The 21st Century Cures Act is intended to help consumers take control and make better decisions about their medical and dental care. This is reflected in three areas:
- Ease of access to their records
- Protecting patient privacy and security
- Promoting the ability to shop for care and manage costs
Learn more at https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/what-it-means-for-me/patients
Putting the patient first in health technology enables the health care system to deliver:
- Transparency into the cost and outcomes of their care
- Competitive options in getting medical care
- Modern smartphone apps to provide them convenient access to their records
- An app economy that provides patients, physicians, hospitals, payers and employers with innovation and choice
From a provider perspective, the Cures Act Final Rule does the following:
- Makes patient data requests easy and inexpensive
- Gives wide choice of apps/software from a competitive, vibrant app marketplace
- Prohibits information blocking except for reasonable and necessary activities
- Improves patient safety
Learn more at: https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/what-it-means-for-me/clinicians
What Changes Dentrix Enterprise Plans to Make to Meet Cures Act Requirements
The Dentrix Enterprise team is in planning or development for all 21st Century Cures Act Conditions and Maintenance of Certification and any accompanying maintenance of applicable Promoting Interoperability Program (Meaningful Use) 2015 Edition certification requirements. We want to update you on our progress and next steps in this process as there are both new criteria and revised criteria.
Below are the details of the criteria as well as our scheduled releases that will include these updates:
- 170.315(b)(10) Electronic Health Information (EHI) Export
- 170.315(g)(10) Standardized API for Patient and Population Services
- 170.315(b)(3) ePrescribing
- To be fulfilled by our partner Veradigm for ePrescribe solution
- Due December 31, 2022
- 170.315(c)(3) CQMs – Report
- To be fulfilled by our partner Dynamic Health IT for CQM solutions
- Due December 31, 2022
- 170.315(d)(2) Adjustable Events and Tamper-Resistance
- 170.315(d)(3) Audit Report(s)
- 170.315(d)(10) Auditing Actions on Health Information
- UCSDI V1 support in CCDA files
- Impacts criteria b1, b2, e1, f5, g6 and g9/10
- Due December 31, 2022
- Real-World Testing Plans
- Dentrix Enterprise is on track to meet target dates for creating Real-World Testing Plans during Q4 2021.
- Dentrix Enterprise is on track to submit Real World Testing results in Q1 2023.
- Update API Access Information on Website
- Dentrix Enterprise will have updated information about licensing, costs and the ability to register for API access on its website in Q4 2021.
- USCDI V1 in CCDA
- Dentrix Enterprise will begin necessary changes to support the USCDI V1 fields for the CCDA requirements in Q2 2022.
- HL7® FHIR® API
- Dentrix Enterprise will begin work for HL7® FHIR® API capabilities and support USCDI V1 data with API in Q2 2022.
- Other Revised Criteria [except 170.315(b)(10)]
- Dentrix Enterprise plans to complete necessary changes for g10 and applicable modified criteria during Q3 2022.
- 170.315(b)(10) Data Export
- Dentrix Enterprise will complete necessary changes to achieve b10 by Q3 2023.
Check back to this page for further progress and updates as we complete future milestones and release new versions that continue to support customer needs for the 21st Century Cures Act.
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