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7/22/2014
08:50 AM
Paul Cerrato
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Meaningful Use EHR Audits: When, Not If

So your organization has accepted the feds' financial incentive. Now it's time to prove you're entitled to it.

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Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/23/2014 | 9:23:42 AM
Re: Meaningful Use EHR Audits
Good points, @tekedge. As you say, government and financial institutions frequently conduct audits (both mandatory and internal) to review monetary information. Few would argue that anything related to healthcare is more important than financial information. And in the case of Meaningful Use, it's related to both healthcare and money, since CMS is reviewing whether those funds were used appropriately. Whenever the government gives sizable amounts of taxpayer money, as a taxpayer I'm glad when it checks to ensure those monies were not misspent. The same thinking certainly applies here.

It's wise for healthcare organizations to be in an "audit mode," anyway. Given the increase in security breaches in this industry and the anticipated uptick in attacks on healthcare organizations and records, savvy healthcare orgs are making security audits part of their standard operating procedure.
tekedge
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tekedge,
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7/22/2014 | 5:11:07 PM
Meaningful Use EHR Audits
Audits are the best way to look into practices and see that the organisation is working as it should. I think making audits mandatory keeps mistakes to the minimal and catches it before it blows out of proportion. In most countries any organisation which handles finances in a big way is always audited ! So I think since healthcare is so well documented here, and there are procedures, an audit is always good, though stressful to keep the financial and the procedural health of the organisation in place
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Alison_Diana,
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7/22/2014 | 3:06:17 PM
A Fact of Life
Having meted out so much to help healthcare organizations invest in EHRs, it's unsurprising that CMS is now auditing practices, hospitals, and others to ensure they are doing what regulations call for. The best part apart being in a constant state of audit-preparedness is that you know your organization is up to code, doing everything it's supposed to be doing, and by doing so you are ready to get more than the mere minimum for that investment.
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