A "Failure in Aggregate"
Meaningful Use auditors, on the other hand, possess a mindset that failure in one area of Meaningful Use attestation is "failure in aggregate," leading to much larger potential givebacks such as HMA's.
"Now if they're appropriately finding things that are of concern, like you would with any audit, then we welcome that scrutiny," Branzell says. "If they're auditing without a standard, rigid process they're following for consistency across all their audits, with some clear expectations, then we will be concerned, which we were the first time, and we made sure that was very well-expressed to the powers that be in Washington."
The latest round of Meaningful Use audit notices, which bore response dates of November 7, first appeared as emails from designated auditing firm Figliozzi and Company to providers during CHIME's most recent conference in October.
"More Pervasive" Audits Coming
Branzell says based on the responses Figliozzi receives, the firm will decide how many on-site followup audits would then occur. These on-site audits "will eventually be much more pervasive" than they have been so far, Branzell says.