5 steps to survive a Meaningful Use audit

By Gienna Shaw

Although the government will hit only a small percent of the nation's providers with a Meaningful Use attestation audit, the stakes are high: Any single attestation misstep could be grounds for loss of the full incentive payment.

Healthcare CIOs can imagine and worry about that possibility--or they could get the inside scoop from those who already have.

Attendees at the CHIME13 CIO forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week heard from two leaders who've been there: Elizabeth Johnson (right), vice president of applied clinical Informatics at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, which has 78 hospitals in 20 states, and Pam McNutt, senior vice president & CIO at the six-hospital Methodist Health System in North Texas.

As FierceEMR previously reported, many providers have struggled to document their Meaningful Use attestation.

"Most of the issues center around documentation, the things to keep, especially for the yes/no measures," Robert Anthony, deputy director of the Health IT Initiatives Group at CMS' Office of e-Health Standards and Services, told FierceEMR in an exclusive interview.

McNutt (left) and Johnson took audience members through the steps they took to prepare for--and survive--audits at their organizations. Much of the work needs to be done before you even get the audit notice, starting with collecting data and making sure you hold onto it.


5 steps to survive a Meaningful Use audit