ONC approves NCQA as authorized testing lab: 3 things to know

The ONC approved the National Committee for Quality Assurance's eMeasure testing laboratory to certify health IT vendors under select programs, NCQA announced Feb. 20.

Here are three things to know about the designation.

1. The designation recognizes NCQA's eMeasure testing lab process as equivalent to the ONC-approved Project Cypress tool and officially allows NCQA to perform select assessments under the ONC Health IT Certification program.

2. As an ONC-Authorized Testing Lab, NCQA is able to certify health IT and data vendors under the ONC Health IT Certification for use in reporting electronic clinical quality measures to CMS for the Quality Payment Program.

3. NCQA's eMeasure testing laboratory offers the only ONC-approved alternative to the ONC's electronic quality measure testing procedure.

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