The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will implement audit mechanisms to ensure that attestations for meaningful use incentive payments are legitimate, according to Tony Trenkle, director of CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services.

"We need to ensure payments are made properly," he told a group of about 700 physicians and group practice managers attending an information session at the Medical Group Management Association annual conference, held this year in New Orleans. Trenkle offered no specifics on either the timing of audit guidelines or their content.

During a question and answer period, meeting attendees urged the federal government to move quickly on publicizing and explaining documentation requirements and how any audits would occur. "We want guidance on the front end, rather than after we have applied to participate," commented one audience member.

--Gary Baldwin


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