Every practice that’s receiving electronic health system incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Incentive Programs is subject to a meaningful use audit at any time. In order to pass an audit, eligible practices and hospitals must have the proper documents.
According to EHR Intelligence, there have been more than 10,000 audits for eligible professionals to date. Although each audit ended in various levels of success, as much as 21.9 percent of providers failed. Due to this tendency for failure, it’s more than likely that audits aren’t only here to stay, but that the number performed each year will increase.
Here are a few necessary documents for surviving an audit:
The first is your final cost report. It’s an important piece of information that auditors look at for evidence of your numbers used for meaningful use attestation.
The second is meaningful use registration, which could include a letter from the CMS confirming registration, or even a simple screenshot of your registration submission from the EHR Incentive Programs’ website, followed by an email confirmation from the CMS.
Finally, certified electronic health record technology ownership forms are one of the most important documents. It can take several forms, including a signed contract with your EHR vendor, or a service agreement form for all of the devices used for attestation.
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