CMS Begins Audits of Stage 1 Meaningful Use Attestation

According to posts widely reported by a large number of media, legal, and electronic health record sources, practices and providers who received Meaningful Use (MU) funds will now have to prove that the data they used to successfully attest was accurate – or risk having to return their MU funds. Figlioizzi and Company, acting as CMS’s auditor for the EHR Incentive program, has begun requesting records related to attestation.

CMS has long noted that those providers and practices that attest might be required to defend the attestation since the amounts are significant.[1]

If you receive such a request:

  • Provide a copy of the certification that your EHR system met the required functionality from the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Contact your EHR vendor if you do not already have the required information.
  • There may be a 14 day timeframe to submit data.
  • If you generated a report from your EHR system when entering data during the attestation process, you may need the information to back up your attestation.
  • Practices must avoid inadvertent PHI breaches and should carefully de-identify any information sent. Send only what is requested.[2]

As always, if you have questions about Meaningful Use or other CMS Incentive programs, Corcoran Consulting Group can help. For more information, contact us at 800.399.6565.

[1] Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. EHR Incentive Programs. Attestation. “Will CMS Conduct audits?”
[2] Wieland JB and Freemire JJ. Ober and Kaler, Health Law Alert Newsletter. 2012, Issue 12. Figloiozzi and Company Begin Meaningful Use Audits as CMS Designee.

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