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VVRMC and AMP passed CMS Meaningful Use audit

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) paved the way for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program called Meaningful Use. The program was established to encourage eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to adopt, implement, upgrade and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Providers and hospitals who fail to participate will receive penalties in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Since 2011, CMS has disbursed nearly $20 billion of incentive payments to eligible providers and hospitals achieving Meaningful Use. But incentive payments come with the possibility to audit your results. According to recent statistics released by CMS, since 2011 it has authorized more than 10,000 audits on more than 265,000 attestations by EPs (this does not include audits of eligible hospitals), and more than 25 percent of those audits have resulted in failure. Failure is expensive. A failed audit requires return of all incentive money.

VVRMC has participated in the Meaningful Use program since 2011 and was subject to an audit by CMS in 2012 in which we successfully passed. In April 2016, Amistad Medical Professionals was subject to another CMS Meaningful Use audit for one of the providers, Dr. Floyd. July 22, 2016 we received notice that we successfully passed the 2016 audit.