With CMS doling out billions of dollars in Meaningful Use incentive payments, it is no surprise that providers are increasingly at risk of being audited to see if they actually were entitled to the money. And the stakes of being audited are high: A provider that fails just one element of a Meaningful Use audit not only must return the entire incentive payment for that year, but also is automatically scheduled for another audit of another participating year.
So how can providers reduce the risk that they'll be subject to a Meaningful Use audit? Read our latest special report to learn more. Special Report
I presume that I'm not the only person who finds the occasional disconnect between the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's blog posts and the real data behind them amusing.
In the latest example, ONC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' annual report to Congress highlights the progress that has been made in electronic health record adoption but is candid about the barriers hampering data sharing, such as lack of standardization of EHRs, unchanged provider practice patterns, and the low priority that providers not eligible for Meaningful Use incentive payments place on interoperability. The report then outlines how the agencies plan to address the problem, which includes guidance, rules, programs and their new interoperability roadmap. Read more...
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