July 14, 2013
-- "Our hospital was a participant in the CMS "Meaningful Use" Incentive Payment Program and attested to CMS that we had achieved Stage 1 Meaningful Use in November, 2011. We subsequently received payments of $1,014,764 from Medicare and $763,570 from Medicaid. In November 2012 we were notified that our Meaningful Use attestation was going to be audited.........In April 2013 we were notified by the (audit) subcontractor that our hospital had failed the audit.....CMS notified our hospital that all of their prior payments made under the program were to be recouped."
"In May 2013 a demand letter from CMS was received by our hospital requesting recoupment of $1,014,764 for the Medicare portion of our Meaningful Use payment
. CMS requested full payment by June 27, 2013. It was at this time we engaged the services of Mr.Tate and EMR Advocate. Mr. Tate was very helpful to us with the preparation of a formal appeal to CMS."
"On June 24, 2013 we were notified by CMS that the adverse audit decision was being overturned and we did not have to return the 2011 EHR Incentive Payment
. I would recommend the services of Mr. Tate and EMR Advocate in the event your facility is notified that it will be subject to a Meaningful Use audit or your facility is audited, or you have an adverse outcome and need to file an appeal."
For more information contact Jim Tate at http://www.emradvocate.com/Contact-EMR-Advocate.html
or visit http://www.emradvocate.com/Incentives.html
for details on CMS EHR Incentive Audit consulting.