Thursday, April 25, 2013

CMS: Audit 1 in 20 Meaningful Use Attesters

CMS plans on auditing 1 in 20 for compliance with the meaningful use program requirements.

While CMS has notified some health organizations about adverse findings, the agency is in the early stages of its auditing efforts. A few with adverse audit notices are appealing and some are facing investigation for possible fraud.

"CMS aims to audit about 5% of all meaningful use program participants... ."
- Robert Anthony, Deputy Director, CMS Health IT Initiatives Group
To date the most frequent problems found in audits are:
  • Noncompliance with the requirement that health care providers conduct a data security risk assessment, which also is a requirement under HIPAA; and
  • A lack of adequate documentation to support responses to some of the "yes or no" meaningful use requirements, such as whether an EHR system has been tested for the ability to exchange clinical data
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Sources:
(a) One in 20 Meaningful Use Attesters To Face Audits, Official Says - ihealthbeat.org, 04/23/2013

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