ONC Certification

Promoting Interoperability


Feel more confident knowing your clients’ sensitive health data is stored and shared securely. NextStep is committed to maintaining certification across our full suite of products so that you qualify for the financial incentives offered by Medicaid, as well as private payer programs.


In addition to NextStep being ONC certified by the Drummond Group, we’ve gone beyond the minimum requirements for our certification. We’ve obtained 35 Module Certification as well as 13 additional Clinical Quality Measures.


Learn more about certifications and why it’s important to choose an EHR that’s ONC certified.

Mandatory Disclosure/Price Transparency


Modules Tested: 170.315 (a)(1, 4-13, 15); (b)(1-3, 6); (c)(1-3); (d)(1-9, 11); (e)(1-3); (g)(2-9); (h)(1)


NextStep Solutions: The Fine Print

Organization Name: NextStep OP, LLC

Product and Version: NextStep 11

Holds Certificate No.

Criteria Tested: 170.315 (a)(5, 9, 12, 14-15); (b)(2, 6); (d)(1-9, 11-13); (e)(1, 3); (g)(2-6)

Date Certified: 11/08/22

Clinical Quality Measures Tested:    None

Additional Software Used:    NLM API, DHIT – Dynamic HealthIT


This Health IT Module is 2015 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Drummond Group is accredited by ANSI and approved by ONC for the ONC Health IT Certification Program to certify Health IT Module(s) and Certification of other types of Health IT for which the Secretary has adopted certification criteria under Subpart C of 45 CFR.

Effective Date: 2015 Edition


Costs and Limitations: NextStep charges each provider a monthly recurring fee to implement and use the certified software. This covers implementation, set up, configuration, subscription, support and maintenance. Additional monthly recurring fees and/or one-time set up fees are charged for some certified capabilities: 


Additional Monthly Recurring Fees- An additional per provider charge is added for the following features or services:

  • ePrescribing (includes ePrescribing of Controlled Substances): Per provider charge in addition to the Monthly Subscription Fee for third party costs.
  • Interfaces: Per facility charge in addition to subscription fee for continued access and maintenance.
  • Monthly recurring fees also cover basic implementation of OP, online training, technical support and updates and maintenance. 


One Time Costs – One time set-up and/or configuration fees are charged for:

  • ePrescribing of Controlled Substances – Per provider fee for identity proofing services by third party.
  • Clinical Interfaces (HIEs, Labs, Immunization Registry.) – Per facility fee for initial connection to the clinical interface.
  • Fees are established for additional training and data migration services if requested. 


Contractual Limitations: Customers must sign a License and Service Agreement for a minimum 2-year renewable term. The terms of the contract do not impose any limitations that could limit the implementation or use of certified capabilities, or the data generated by these capabilities. There are no business policies or practices that may cause limitations in the implementation or use of certified capabilities, including interoperability functionality.


Technical Limitations: There are no product limitations that could prevent or impair the implementation, configuration, maintenance, support or use of a certified capability. There are no limitations that a user may encounter regarding the exchange or portability of any data generated when using the capability.

There are no limitations with non-certified capabilities that may interfere with the use or implementation of any certified capabilities.

21st Century Cures Act


Conditions of Certification – Communications


NextStep is committed to compliance with the 21st Century Cures Act.  As such, as of April 5, 2021, in the event any contract term, policy or practice of NextStep limits or restricts the permitted communications under the Communications Condition of Certification (45 CFR 170.403), NextStep will not enforce it.  Under this condition, NextStep will not restrict or prohibit the following communications related to exchanging electronic health information (“EHI”), except as permitted by the Cures Act:

        • The usability of our certified technology, including the user interface and ease of use
        • The interoperability of our certified technology
        • The security of our products and services
        • Relevant information regarding users’ experiences when using our products
        • Our business practices that impact the exchange of electronic health information and conformance with rules against Information Blocking 
        • The manner which you have used our certified technology

Upon renewal of your NextStep agreement, any contract term contrary to these rules will be removed or voided in accordance with the new rules.

ONC 2015 Edition Cures