Certification and the CMA (AAMA) Credential, On the Job

Payment Adjustments Emphasize the Importance of Proper Order Entry

As the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs continue to be implemented and enforced, questions arise about how certain objectives for meaningful use affect reimbursement. The short answer to these questions is that all objectives are critical. Failure to meet even one objective for meaningful use can result in not only a payment forfeiture, but also retroactive recoupment of previous payments, as well. Thus, it is incumbent on all health care providers to ensure that proper steps are being taken to comply with all meaningful use objectives. The text and video of Mr. Anthony’s statement on this matter follows:

“That’s correct. If [a practice] is not meeting all of the objectives for meaningful use for a program year, then that payment would be forfeit. … As we move forward, of course, every year is going to be a deciding year for payment adjustments—so potentially, if an audit comes through and you forfeit a payment, you may not only be forfeiting the payment, but you would also be subject retroactively to payment adjustments, as well.”

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