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IT vendors developing electronic health record (EHR) and health IT systems play an important role in ensuring the success of programs under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) eHealth initiative. CMS has created educational tools and resources to support the needs of vendors as they work to create health IT systems that meet eHealth program requirements, as well as health care providers’ needs.

Vendor Workgroup

Vendors providing Certified Electronic Health Record Technology who are interested in receiving program updates from CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) can sign up to be a part of the eHealth Vendor Workgroup.

Led by CMS and ONC program experts, this workgroup features regular webinars and Q&A sessions designed to provide technical assistance for vendors and answer any program related questions or concerns. Topics covered range from meeting meaningful use and certification requirements, to issues that could affect health IT companies and their products, including ICD-10, administrative simplification rules, clinical quality measures (CQMs), and more.

To join, send an email to and include your name, company, title, email, phone, address, and the health IT products you manage.

Vendor Workgroup Presentations

  • February 18, 2016 Vendor Workgroup Presentation - Includes updates on submission, errors, and what to do to correct inaccuracies for 2015 PQRS EHR submission; specialized registry reporting; the Joint Commission’s 2015 and 2016 eCQM data transmissions; resources for 2015 participation in the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and attestation announcements, and CMS’ participation in HIMSS16.
  • January 28, 2016 Vendor Workgroup Presentation - Includes updates on the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process, hospital inpatient quality reporting, measure population code values sets IPP vs. IPOP, tips for successfully submitting eCQMs for PQRS group practices, the diabetes hemoglobin A1c measure for 2016 reporting, and the eCQI Resource Center.

2015 Presentations

  • July 16, 2015 Vendor Workgroup Presentation - Includes updates on the EHR Incentive Programs, ICD-10, HPID, Cypress, and the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program.
  • May 28, 2015 Vendor Workgroup Presentation - Includes updates on the 2016 IQR Hospital IPPS proposed rule; CMS’ NPRMs for the EHR Incentive Programs; the 2016 EP hardship exception deadline; CMS eHealth biweekly webinars; the eCQM annual update; and the eCQI Resource Center.
  • April 30, 2015 Vendor Workgroup Presentation - Includes updates on CMS at HIMSS15;  the Stage 3 NPRM; the Stage 1 and 2 Modifications NPRM; ONC’s Technology Criteria Certified to the 2015 Edition NPRM; ICD-10; Inpatient Quality Reporting; and the Joint Commission’s ORYX 2015 Flexible Options.
  • March 19, 2015 Vendor Workgroup Presentation - Includes updates on the ONC Health IT Certification Program, attestation deadline extension, HIMSS15, PQRS submission deadline extension for EHR and QCDR, and the PQRS Submission Timeframe
  • February 19, 2015 Vendor Workgroup Presentation - Updates on the EHR Incentive Programs rulemaking announcement, new Summary of Care FAQ, 2014 CMS QRDA Submission Tips for Eligible Professionals, Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, eCQI Resource Center, and Cypress Release.

2014 Presentations

2013 Presentations