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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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1 comments on "MU Audit Victim Lives to Tell"

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)