OIG calls for random pre-payment audits and EHR certification changes

Says MU program is vulnerable to paying incentives to some who don't qualify

The OIG says the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) may be contributing to CMS’s "oversight obstacles." ONC requires certified EHR technology to be capable of producing reports on meaningful use by aggregating information from records in the system.

OIG said ONC should:

  • require that certified EHR technology be capable of producing reports for yes/no meaningful use measures where possible;
  • improve the certification process for EHR technology to ensure accurate EHR reports.

Within the written report, ONC agreed with all of OIG’s recommendations. ONC officials deferred further comments on the report to CMS.

The entire report is available on OIG’s website here.