EHR incentive program participants to be audited for data security, meaningful use

Date: 05.15.2013 | Zach Urbina">Zach Urbina

cms-audit-270The federal government is planning to audit roughly 5% of EHR incentive participants to assure their compliance with meaningful use attestation standards.

Data security risk assessment and HIPAA compliance are top priorities under the scope of the audit.  The documentation of meaningful use “yes or no” criteria, whether or not communications or electronic submission of clinical data across various systems, will also be scrutinized.

“We’re certainly seeing some instances where people haven’t done them or people just aren’t sure what they’re supposed to be doing,” said Robert Anthony, deputy director of the HIT Initiatives Group at CMS  “They need to have something in their risk analysis that is specific to their EHR. It doesn’t have to be all about the EHR. It needs to be stated and indicated that it’s about your practice.”

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