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If the Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology “Product A” is already certified to the December 2012 clinical quality measure (CQM) specifications, can it be updated to include the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) updated June 2013 specifications without seeking retesting/recertification?

Yes, you can update the EHR technology “Product A” to the new version of the CQM specifications without seeking additional testing and certification unless it is relabeled. If Product A is relabeled to call it "Product A+2013 CQMs" and an EHR technology developer also wants "Product A+2013 CQMs" listed on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) for its customers to select, the EHR technology developer will need to contact your Office of the National Coordinator - Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) and, at a minimum, submit an inherited certified status request to get this new labeled version of Product A issued a certification. Upon receipt of the inherited certified status request an ONC-ACB would have discretion to require additional testing. Please see FAQ 8896 and 8900 for additional information pertaining to the relationship between EHR certification and the CQM specification updates. For more information on the 2014 CQM specifications, please visit: For more information on ONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification, please visit: Created on 7/16/2013 Updated on 8/22/2013

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