By Jim Tate – Lost in the furor and excitement of the recently released Proposed Stage 3 MU Rule something slipped by us. Robert Frost would say it “came on little cat feet”. John Lennon would say it came in “like a lizard on a window pane”. What is it that crept in through the cracks in the floor and why should we care?Read More
Meaningful Use Audits
By Jim Tate – “Things don’t change until they do.” I think Albert Einstein said that. Maybe it was Cat Stevens, I’m not really sure. We go along in our merry little lives content with the knowledge that the sun will come up tomorrow and summer will follow spring. All the rules that we rely on help us make sense of a chaotic universe.
By Jim Tate – What a difference a few weeks can make. Earlier this month I wrote a post entitled: When It Rains It Pours: A New Trend In Meaningful Use Audits? The topic was a disturbing new trend in meaningful use audits. At EMR Advocate we had been working with a hospital system to validate their meaningful use attestations by a series of mock audits.
The Meaningful Use (MU) dice are rolling and tumbling right now and they just might come up “box cars” (double sixes). The odds are starting to look good for a reprieve for those eligible providers who are hoping to get a roll back on the full year requirements for MU in 2015. I put the odds at greater than 50%.
Meaningful Use (MU) audits will increase in 2015 and a growing area of concern for eligible hospitals and professionals is just now surfacing after 4…
It sounds fairly simple and straight forward. Medicaid and Medicare eligible professionals (EP) who have achieved and attested to meaningful use (MU) can assign their incentive payment to another entity. CMS lays it right out there “However, under Medicare, eligible professionals (EPs) may choose to assign their incentive payments to their employer or entity with which the EP has a contractual arrangement.
Every day I speak with hospitals involved in the CMS EHR Incentive program. Some are at Stage 1 and some have moved on to Stage 2. For all of them their 2015 meaningful use (MU) year began October 1, 2014. No matter the Stage, they had to be using 2014 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).
Everybody, and I mean everybody, knows by now that if an eligible hospital (EP) or eligible professional (EP) wants those delectable CMS EHR incentives they better do a Security Risk Analysis (SRA).
Last week I wrote a post detailing some of the issues I had run across as I have helped eligible hospitals (EH) appeal their failed CMS EHR Incentive audits. At the audit level there is a need for a review that “goes by the book”.