(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.