You can’t prevent a Meaningful Use audit. It’s one way Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) follows up on Meaningful Use (MU) incentive payments and confirms that providers are doing the right thing for patients. But you can be prepared for an audit if you take a few simple steps before and during your attestation period. Before you receive the notice, you can: 1.  Monitor emails for notification – The 14-day clock starts ticking the moment the email arrives from the CMS auditor, Figliozzi & Co.  You don’t want it sitting undiscovered in a physician’s inbox. Consider creating an email rule for accounts involved with the attestation to catch these notices early. 2. Record EHR identification numbers – Record the CMS EHR certification ID and Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) numbers on your MU attestation application.  Auditors often […]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducts audits to follow up on Meaningful Use (MU) incentive payments.  These audits can intimidate providers, even ones that have meticulous reporting habits. Soundview Medical Associates, a 22-physician, multi-specialty practice in Connecticut, faced two consecutive MU audits for 2011 and 2012. The responsibility for completing them fell to the organization’s only IT person and executive director, Eileen Smith. In this video, Eileen Smith describes how Soundview Medical Associates successfully responded to two Meaningful Use audits.   Keep calm and respond to CMS Upon receiving the first audit notice in the spring of 2013, Eileen reacted the way many providers might, “What did I do wrong?” The answer: probably nothing. Some audits are targeted, but many are random. It’s an opportunity for the government to exercise due diligence over its investments in incentive […]