CMS begins meaningful use audits

The Electronic Health Record Initiative program established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), for eligible healthcare professional and facilities, is currently being implemented, and CMS is preparing to begin compliance audits related to the “meaningful use” reporting rules.

The detailed implementation process was explained in an article (Electronic Health Records: Why a Paper System is No Longer and Option) published in the July 2011 Nashville Medical News.

CMS will soon begin conducting audits to determine compliance with the “meaningful use” program reporting rules. Providers participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Initiative may receive audit letters, requesting the following information:

  • Copies of their certification from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for the EHR technology they used to meet program requirements;
  • Documentation to support the method they chose to report emergency department admissions;
  • Supporting documentation used to complete the attestation module for core set objectives and measures; and
  • Supporting documentation for the attestation module responses about meeting voluntary objectives and measures.

Two week response period

Providers receiving the request letters will be given a two-week time frame in which to respond. Kraft Healthcare Consulting can help your organization be prepared for and guide you through CMS-initiated meaningful use audits.

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