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Meaningful Use Audits on the Way

An article in Modern Healthcare provides an overview of the MU audits coming to a neighborhood near you. The federal government chose a third-party contractor (Figliozzi & Company) to audit 5% of participants in the EHR Incentive Program. Only a few audits have been conducted to date, but some have entered the appeals process. Some findings have been referred for possible fraudulent activity.

One of the most common findings to date has been non-compliance with the security risk assessment that is required under Meaningful Use Stage 1. The Office of the National Coordinator produced a Guide to Privacy & Security of Health Information that outlines these requirements. Core Measure #15 has further details about these requirements. Note that the MU requirements, “… are not intended to supersede or substitute for compliance required under HIPAA.”

Another resource is the 10-step plan for Health Information Security and Privacy from HealthIT.Gov.

Details about the audit process and the type of documentation practices are expected to keep are provided in this document from CMS. A description of the audit process is here.


One response to "Meaningful Use Audits on the Way"
  • April 29, 2013
    Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP

    For more information about the audits, check out these posts from SearchHealthIT – an interview with Elizabeth Holland, director of the Health Information Technology Initiatives Group for the Office of E-Health Standards & Services. Part 1 and Part 2.

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