Being Ready for a CMS Meaningful Use Audit

The rising number of meaningful use audits and recent information about failure rates reinforce the message that CMS is serious about eligible professionals and hospitals complying with the goals and objectives of the EHR meaningful use incentive program. Professionals and hospitals that fail their meaningful use audits are required to return their previously received incentive dollars to CMS immediately. Although providers may appeal an unfavorable audit determination, the likelihood of reversing the decision – which requires significant resources, good audit defense documentation, and a well-measured response – is low. To protect and preserve the incentive dollars they have already received, professionals and hospitals should engage their internal audit teams or meaningful use specialists to confirm that solid documentation of meaningful use, ready to be used for a meaningful use audit and audit defense, is in place.