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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded Figliozzi and Co., of Garden City, N.Y., a contract to audit payments and compliance with the agency’s EHR Incentive Program.
Figliozzi, a certified public accountant firm that specializes in auditing healthcare facilities for Medicare cost compliance, will also examine participating providers to assure that they are eligible Medicare and Medicare Advantage physicians and hospitals.
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The three-year contract will not exceed $3.13 million, according to the April 23 announcement in Federal Business Opportunities.
In the early stages of the meaningful use program, eligible providers attest that they use a certified electronic health record (EHR), have the capability to electronically exchange health information to improve the quality of care, and report on clinical quality and other measures using the certified EHRs. Upon attestation, the providers are eligible to receive an incentive payment.
The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record program has paid $4.5 billion to 76,612 physicians and hospitals in incentive payments through March 2012. Of that amount, CMS has paid out $339.9 million to Medicare eligible providers.
The contractor will inform audited organizations of any non-compliance that it identifies. CMS will evaluate the evidence in order to determine each meaningful EHR user’s eligibility.