Meaningful Use Compliance: Surviving CMS and State Audits, Preparing for Penalty Enforcement

Meeting Complex Stage 2 Requirements, Assessing FCA Risk, Avoiding Common EHR Documentation Errors

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide healthcare counsel with guidance on meeting the Medicare Electronic Health Records Inventive Program requirements and surviving meaningful use audits. The panel will discuss potential red flags and offer best practices for compliance.


Millions of dollars are at stake for healthcare providers implementing systems to meet the meaningful use requirements for electronic health records (EHR). Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, healthcare providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program must have adopted meaningful use certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to avoid facing reduced Medicare reimbursement.

While CMS audits of eligible providers and hospitals have been conducted for the last two years, the increased number of entities participating in the Incentive Program has raised the stakes of these audits. CMS will conduct both prepayment and post-payment audits, with a focus on protected health information (PHI) and security risks. Failure could result in CMS clawing back incentive payments and knowingly false claims could result in civil penalties and criminal prosecution.

To prevail through a CMS audit, counsel to healthcare providers must ensure the provider has the proper documentation and measures in place to demonstrate compliance regarding CEHRT security, business associate agreements and more.

Listen as our experienced panel of healthcare counsel examines meaningful use, the requirements under the Medicare incentive program and red flags, and offers best practices for compliance. The panel will also discuss meaningful use audits and provide guidance for audits



  1. Meaningful use
    1. Requirements
    2. Red flags
    3. Compliance
  2. Meaningful use audits
    1. Documentation
    2. Review
    3. Appeal
  3. Best practices for compliance


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What is required for meaningful use stage 2 compliance?
  • What steps should providers and counsel take to prepare for a meaningful use audit?
  • What remedies are available to a healthcare provider who fails a compliance audit?


Jane Eckels
Jane Eckels

Davis Wright Tremaine

Ms. Eckels is Deputy Chair of the firm’s Technology, e-Business and Digital Media practice. She works extensively...  |  Read More

Lisa Rediger Hayward
Lisa Rediger Hayward

Davis Wright Tremaine

Ms. Hayward counsels health systems, hospitals, medical groups and other health care providers across a range of...  |  Read More

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