Many pediatricians are now participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs that offer financial incentives for meaningful use of EHRs. While good encounter documentation and correct code selection are underlying support for compliance with the requirements for successful participation in EHR incentive programs, this article will focus on the documentation required to support an attestation to meaningful use.

Whether you are in your first or a subsequent year of participation in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, it is good to review some of the compliance elements for obtaining and keeping incentive payments. Like all government-funded programs, the agencies that oversee the EHR incentive programs must hire contractors to conduct audits to verify the accuracy of incentive payments. Like all services or programs for which you receive federal funds as payment, your practice must have documentation supporting your eligibility to participate and your successful...

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