MU Audit Fears Escalate as HMA Returns $31M

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , November 7, 2013

CMS is required to audit a certain number of organizations or individuals that have attested for Meaningful Use, Branzell says. "I do think there's an appropriateness to audit," he says. "We just want to make sure it's done correctly."

So far, CMS is unwilling to consider granting "partial credit" for Meaningful Use attestations that fall just short of meeting minimum criteria, Branzell says. "I don't think they're going to bend on this, just the way it was set up," he says. "At least at this point they won't."

Branzell says he was not aware of which electronic health record system or systems were in use at HMA. "I would expect that they have a pretty robust IT staff," he says. He did note, however, that the corporate leadership listed at HMA's Web site does not list a chief information officer.

"It does make you wonder if there was one, and that person is gone, or if they didn't have one, and they were sourcing their IT somewhere, and that might have been part of the problem," Branzell says. "At this point, we really don't know."

Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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Frank Poggio (11/7/2013 at 6:00 PM)
This is just the tip of a very large iceberg. As I said at the start of the HiTech/MU program, if you take money from Uncle Sam, well before Uncle spells out all his rules, you are treading on very, very thin ice. CFO's have had to deal with 'free' government money and undefined payback terms for decades. It all started with Hill Burton in 1946 and then in 1972 Congress said providers had to pay back that money via 'free care'. Providers are still paying for that one. CFOs have had real 'fun' with HB trying to get a definition of what exactly constituted 'free care'. Now CIOs will have their chance to become indispensible, like a CFO, or become unemployed! Frank Poggio The Kelzon Group




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