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1 CMS EHR Incentives Attestation-Audits-Appeals Focus on Hospitals Jim Tate November 12, 2013

2 Jim Tate Founder EMR Advocate, Inc. Managing Partner HITECH Answers Author of The Incentive Roadmap ® The Meaningful Use of Certified EHR Technology Certified Technology – direct involvement in over 200 EHR certification projects Subject Matter Expert to HHS/ONC: EHR Implementation Specialist in Meaningful Use Audits & Appeals

3 Agenda Attestation Audits Appeals

4 Attestation Accurate registration info Appropriate meaningful use strategy Look to vendor for guidance Save all documentation Make sure you attest

5 Attestation Save supporting electronic or paper documentation that support your attestation. Upon audit, the documentation will be used to validate that the provider accurately attested and submitted CQMs, as well as to verify that the incentive payment was accurate.

6 Audit Basics CMS, and its contractors, will perform audits on Medicare and dually-eligible Medicare/Medicaid providers. States, and their contractors, will perform audits on Medicaid providers. CMS and states will also manage appeals processes.

7 Who Gets the Audit? As of September, 2013 over 4,100 unique EHs CAHs have received CMS EHR incentives. CMS states over the aim is to audit 5%+.

8 What Generates the Audit? Random Suspicious Data Patterns Whistleblowers

9 The Audit Process Letter Request for Documentation Response and Request Final Determination

10 Audit – The Letter First contact will be an from Figliozzi and Company from a CMS address to the address provided during registration for the EHR Incentive Program.

11 Audit – The Letter “This letter is to inform you that you have been selected by CMS for an audit of your meaningful use of certified EHR technology for the attestation period. Attached to this letter is an information request list. Be aware that this list may not be all-inclusive and that we may request additional information necessary to complete the audit.”

12 Final Determination – Good “We performed a desk review on your facility’s meaningful use attestation for the Program Year 2011 and Payment Year 1. Based on our desk review of the supporting documentation furnished by the facility, we have determined that Hospital XYZ has met the meaningful use criteria.”

13 Final Determination – Bad “We performed a desk review on your facility’s meaningful use attestation for the Program Year 2011 and Payment Year 1. Based on our desk review of the supporting documentation furnished by the facility, we have determined that Hospital XYZ has not met the meaningful use criteria, for the following reasons: Failed Eligible Hospital Meaningful Use Core Measure X. Since your facility did not meet the meaningful use criteria, the incentive payment will be recouped. You will receive a demand for your total Medicare EHR incentive payment shortly from the EHR HITECH Incentive Payment Center. The demand letter will include all information regarding the repayment process, and will also include your appeal rights.”

14 The Demand Letter “The purpose of this letter is to inform you that a Meaningful Use Audit determined a HITECH incentive overpayment in the amount of $X,XXX,XXX…..to be repaid to our office in full.” Full refund within 30 days Interest begins on 31 st day…….Referred to Department of Treasury on 61 st day Appeal status does not put interest penalties on hold. Even if you win on appeal the interest will still be due.

15 Appeals CMS handles the appeal process for EPs, EHRs, and CAHS in the Medicare and dual eligible hospitals. States are responsible for appeals related to the Medicaid EHR Incentives.

16 Appeals Nothing to lose More flexibility than at the audit level Less communication than during audit Timeline of appeal process Only failed MU measures addressed Different reportable period is an option

17 Appeals Do something different Tell a story Keep it simple Leave the door open

18 Best Practices for Audit/Appeal Have someone in charge Establish contact with auditor Watch the deadlines Look to vendor for support Seek counsel if needed

19 Q&A


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