Even after Receiving MU Bonuses, Providers may have to Attest, Once Again, to Keep Payment

According to a recent article by Pamela Lewis Dolan published in  American Medical News, contractors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have started sending letters to select providers informing them that they will be audited for Meaningful Use bonuses[1] earned in 2011 and 2012. Providers that have been selected for an audit, which according to CMS is based on certain risk factors or completely random, will have to resubmit documents and/or reports to prove they have satisfied all of the incentive requirements.

MTBC offers its providers, a certified EHR, and can assist providers that are being audited by providing them with useful reports which may help them demonstrate that they have met all of the necessary requirements. Those subjected to an audit will have to provide the following:

  1. Proof that the EHR used in obtaining the MU Bonus is certified;
  2. Documentation to support that the core objectives were met;
  3. Documentation to support that the menu objectives were met.

See MU Audit Alert.

According to the CMS website 55,000 physicians earned more than $1 billion in MU bonuses in 2011 and 2012.

[1] Providers obtained an incentive check from CMS for adopting electronic health records (EHR).