Q: Are quarterly attestations regarding SEDs, adaptations, product changes and complaints still required since the ONC will also be requiring an attestation every 6 months?
A: Yes. The quarterly attestations are still required because they cover different information than the new Cures Rule attestation. In fact, the quarterly attestations starting  with Q3 2020 will be expanded to cover all updates successfully made to support National Coordinator-approved newer versions of Secretary-adopted standards in certified health IT pursuant to the developers having voluntarily opted to avail themselves of the Standard Version Advancement Process flexibility. This also includes any new MFA use cases.

170.523(m) Adaptations and updates. On a quarterly basis each calendar year, obtain a record of:

SLI also requires reporting of complaints, nonconformities, and all product changes that occurred during the quarter if not already reported to us, to help ensure ongoing product compliance

Q: Can I submit documentation prior to testing?
A: Yes. Submitting required documentation prior to beginning the test procedure will give your proctor time to review and return any documents requiring additional information back to you.

Q: What Test Data requirements do I need to have in place for testing 2015 Criteria?
A: On the ONC website, Test Methods page (refer to the ONC links below) each public test procedure has the following logo. It will either have the “ONC Supplied Test Data” ‘x’d out if no test data is require or no ‘x’ present stating there is ONC supplied data you will be required to enter for testing.

In addition there are Companion Guides on the Test Methods page associated with each test procedure. The companion guides also reference if Test data is required for the test procedure with a link to the test data.

Q: Can I pretest test procedures with SLI Compliance proctor?
A: We offer Pre-Certification Testing services for a fee. Contact the ATL Test Manager for details.

Q: How can I most effectively manage my testing time?
A: Careful preparation for each test procedure will help with time management; i.e.

  1. Enter as much test data as allowed for each test procedure in advance.
  2. Prepare patients and/or login accounts as required for each test procedure
  3. Plan & prepare patients and test data for use for test procedures that allow vendor supplied test data
  4. Self-pretest with ONC testing tools prior to your official test date.
  5. During testing; if a step in a procedure fails, make appropriate fixes offline then plan to retest after completing all untested test procedures first, then go back and retest any/all failures.

Q: Can I contact an SLI Compliance testing expert with questions?
A: Yes, support time is part of your contract; you will be assigned a test specialist to assist you with pre-test questions pertaining to the test procedures you are requesting to test. If you wish to purchase additional support time, contact the Test Manager for details.

For Additional FAQs provided by the ONC please visit the official ONC Program FAQ page

ONC FAQs & Resources

https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/onc-regulations-faqs
https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/permanent-certification-program-faqs
https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/resources
https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/2015-edition-test-method

https://www.healthit.gov/curesrule/

https://www.healthit.gov/topic/certification-ehrs/2015-edition-cures-update-test-method

CMS

https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html?redirect=/ehrincentiveprograms/