How to Prepare for a Meaningful Use Audit

Best way to prepare for an audit is to assume it will happen and make sure MU requirements are met.
Best way to prepare for an audit is to assume it will happen and make sure MU requirements are met.

(HealthDay News) -- Given that physicians are chosen for meaningful use (MU) audits at random, the best way to prepare is for a physician to assume they will be audited, according to an article published Jan. 28 in Medical Economics.

The article presents 7 strategies to ensure that practices meet the requirements of the MU program, allowing incentive money to be kept.

The 7 tips/strategies are as follows: 

(1) physicians should assume they will be audited and be prepared for it, including keeping records of the registration/attestation processes and documentation for at least 6 years;

(2) physicians should respond promptly after receiving an audit letter; 

(3) physicians should ensure that the work of MU is being done, especially where practice managers are supposed to take care of the paperwork; 

(4) auditors are looking for discrepancies between documentation submitted during the attestation process and what was actually done; 

(5) physicians will require documentation from their electronic health record (EHR) vendor to satisfy certification requirements; 

(6) physicians should print dated screen shots from the EHR showing that functionality was turned on during the reporting period; and 

(7) a security risk assessment needs to address any change made in the practice or adoption of new technology.

"The best way to get ready for a MU audit of your practice is to assume you will be audited and prepare accordingly," according to Medical Economics.

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