EHR Incentive Program Audits

Audits of incentive payments are a required element of the EHR Incentive Program. Providers who receive an EHR incentive payment for either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program potentially may be subject to an audit.

VT Medicaid EHRIP Audit Tip Sheet: Updated September 2017

The VT EHRIP Audit Team has developed a helpful Eligible Professional Audit Tip Sheet based on their activities and experience with reviewing provider records. Download and consult this guidance as you prepare and submit your EHRIP attestation.

Best Practices

The Patient Volume Data Tool developed by the VT EHRIP Team assists in understanding and complying with the documentation requirements for supporting the Medicaid encounter threshold. We strongly encourage all providers to complete the Patient Volume Data Tool at the time of attestation and to upload it in MAPIR as an attachment to the application.

At the time of attestation, consolidate ancillary reports, screenshots and other types of supporting documentation for all MU measures.

Staff turnover and other activities in the course of normal priorities at a medical practice can result in a great deal of work in re-creating documentation. Ensure EHRIP-related records are kept centrally and can be easily accessed by staff in the event of future requests for at least six years.

  • Document patient volume at the time of attestation.
  • Document every Meaningful Use measure, do not rely solely on summary dashboard reports.
  • Keep supporting documentation in a central location.
  • Retain ALL relevant supporting documentation used in the completion of your EHRIP attestation for six years post-attestation. This includes documentation to support data for meaningful use objectives and clinical quality measures (CQMs), and any exclusions that were taken. Retain documentation that is in either paper or electronic format, to include screenshots.
  • Download and/or print a copy of your MU report at the time of attestation, and retain for your records. The reporting dates on your MU report should match the dates in your attestation.

More Audit Resources

  • CMS has published a guide outlining documentation requirements for audit preparation: EHR Incentive Programs Supporting Documentation for Audits (PDF, 316 KB) This is a very helpful resource to consult as you a prepare and submit an EHRIP application, and should be saved along with the documentation materials supporting the attestation.
  • At the 10/20/14 Vermont Blueprint for Health Conference, Vermont EHR Incentive Program Auditor Heather EJ Kendall gave a presentation onVermont Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Audits. You can download her presentation here.

Returning a VT EHRIP Payment

If you have any reason to return a Vermont Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment, either before or after being contacted regarding a payment audit, please download and follow the instructions on this form:

VT EHRIP Return Payment Form


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(Page last updated 09/27/2017