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OIG Report on CMS Obstacles Overseeing the “Meaningful Use” Program

November 30, 2012—The Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Nov. 28 released a report finding that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) faces obstacles in overseeing the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

Among the concerns identified is that “CMS does not verify the accuracy of professionals’ or hospitals’ self-reported meaningful use information prior to payment.”  The OIG recommends that CMS obtain and review supporting documentation from selected professionals and hospitals prior to payment to verify the accuracy of their self reported information. The report notes that CMS did not agree with this recommendation. Additionally, the OIG recommends that CMS issue guidance with specific examples of documentation that professionals and hospitals should maintain to support their compliance.


Ivy Baer, J.D., M.P.H.
Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel
Telephone: 202-828-0499


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