Best Practices to Handle Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Audit

CMS_EHREHR 2.0 recently hosted a webinar on best practices to handle Meaningful Use Incentive Audit. Providers and hospitals have  lot of questions about the documentation requirements  if they get selected  by CMS or state agencies for Meaningful Use Incentive Pre-payment or Post-payment audit.

We have provided some high level summary of the presentation that was shared with our audience:

  • More than 414,000 health care providers have received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.
  • More than $16.3 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between May 2011 and September 2014.
  • More than $8.59 billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between January 2011 and September 2014.
  • More than 80% of the eligible hospitals participate in the program

We’re nearing the end of incentives and moving towards penalties:

  • Penalties for Eligible Hospitals starting in 2015
  • Penalties will apply to Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) who do not demonstrate Meaningful Use
  • Starting in 2015, you will be charged 1% of Medicare PFS reimbursements with penalties increasing each year up to 5%, until you demonstrate Meaningful Use
  • EP’s participating in the EHR Incentive Program for the first time in 2014 can also avoid the penalty by successfully attesting to Meaningful Use by 2014
  • EPs can file for an hardship exceptions by Nov’ 30th
  • Start now to avoid penalties for 2016

Key Focus Areas for Meaningful Use Audit:

  • Eligibility and Meaningful Use Criteria
    • Example Medicaid eligibility calculator based on patient volume
    • Meeting all the thresholds for MU measures
  • HIPAA Security Risk Analysis and Mitigation Documentation
    • Existing HIPAA Privacy and Security Requirements
  • Documentation of the Program
    • Screenshots

Listen to the webinar here  >>

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