(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: 

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(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.