Meaningful Use: Preparing for an Audit

CMS provides tips for practices

Any provider who receives an electronic health record (EHR) incentive payment under either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program may be subject to a meaningful use audit. Medicare eligible professionals and dual-eligible hospitals will be audited both before and after incentive payments have been made. The following tips from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can help orthopaedic practices prepare for a meaningful use audit.

Who may be audited?
Approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of all providers will face random as well as risk–profile-driven audits. Providers who exhibit suspicious or anomalous data could be subject to successive audits. Providers can be audited up to 6 years following attestation, so it’s recommended that practices keep audit-ready files available for each year that each individual provider attests for an EHR incentive payment.

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