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Latest Wave of MU Audits Delivers a Fresh Scare



A slew of Meaningful Use audit notices have suddenly materialized, aimed not only at Medicare, but at Medicaid recipients as well. The deadlines are tight and the documentation requirements exacting, making a most unwelcome October surprise for healthcare CIOs.



4 comments on "Latest Wave of MU Audits Delivers a Fresh Scare"
Jack Kolk (11/15/2013 at 9:04 AM)

It's more cut and dried than you think. As a company that has done 100's of risk assessments and been through the contesting of failed audits we know the process and what they are looking for. The fact that CHIMES members are still arguing over what is required is silly. The final guidance for a compliant risk assessment is at : http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/securityrule/rafinalguidancepdf.pdf
Ellis Malovany (11/6/2013 at 9:29 AM)

This is precisely the reason why having the support of an accredited EMR company is critical. Providers have enough on their plate dealing with falling reimbursements and a confusing environment that has led many providers to throw up their hands and consider retirement or sidestepping into an alternative career. EMR companies need to stay on top of the changing targets and build value by proactively conveying information to their provider/clients. Unfortunately, in this "wild west" of EMR technology, only a handful of EMR companies understand how to manage and support.
Frank Poggio (10/30/2013 at 10:10 AM)

Scott, Cut an Dried?? I don't think so. At least not in the way you may think. The MU Attestation and vendor Certificaiton program and process was slapped together in a political rush. After completing dozens of Certifications for vendors I can attest that the process is far from black and white. Scripts get revised on a monthly basis, MU criteria is still getting redefined today. There was no audit process pre-tested and put in pace in advance, niether for vendors or providers. The appeals process is as clear as mud...and on and on. The only thing that will be Cut and Dried is: Providers will get the CUTS and vendors will be hung out to Dry when this is all over!
Frank Poggio (10/29/2013 at 9:29 PM)

"Cut and Dried"?? How can a process that was thrown together at the last minute, has test criteria that cahnge from month to month, no predefined audit process, no pre-defined appeal process,,,etc.. be cut/dried. After going thru dozens of vendor certification tests and 40 years experience in dealing with an ever changing govt payment system, the only thing that is cut and dried is this: Providers will be CUT...then hung out to DRY!