MU Audit Victim Lives to Tell

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , August 27, 2013

Shortly thereafter, Jeannie Atkinson joined the clinic as practice manager, which is how she came to be the lucky recipient of a CMS notice: the clinic had been selected for a pre-payment Meaningful Use audit.

"Lucky you," I congratulated Atkinson.

"I know," she replied with a laugh.

At least Atkinson was prepared. At a Medflow user group conference, she took a class on how to survive a Meaningful Use audit. "I was glad that I did, because it started me thinking about, okay, so what if I did get audited?" she said. "Would I be ready for it?"

Atkinson had another valuable resource to turn to: HITArkansas, the state's Regional Extension Center.

"They had created a binder for us, that walked us through the core measures we needed to attest to, what measurements we needed to meet, what documents we needed to keep, what security risks [existed], the way we documented.

Receiving the notice of audit triggered a brief feeling of panic, but then Atkinson called Valerie Moring, implementation specialist at HITArkansas.

"When Jeannie had originally called me, I sent an email out to all of the other specialists that we worked together with, to see if anyone else had received requests like this yet," Moring says.

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NYPrimaryCareDoc (8/31/2013 at 10:40 AM)
Actually our REC was told on Friday we can apply for a 1 year no cost extension so we can continue to work with our providers (using funds that haven't been spent yet - no new money)

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