Kentucky REC & KHIE Meaningful Use Survival Seminars

Posted May 13th in Education, Event

seminar1Currently Kentucky REC and KHIE are traveling to several cities throughout the state to offer Continuing Education programs to all healthcare professionals. The educational programs include information regarding: Privacy & Security, Meaningful Use Audits and Meaningful Use Stage 2. We would like to thank those of you in attendance at the first five events in Bardstown, Paducah, Hazard, Bowling Green, and Somerset! We hope you found the information to be timely and valuable! If you were unable to attend one of the previous seminars, one final event will be held on May 31 in Lexington. Register today.

At these events, Kentucky REC is recognizing local healthcare professionals in each area who have led the charge in Health IT implementation and successfully reached Meaningful Use.

We are pleased to welcome these practices and hospitals into an exclusive group of leaders – the Meaningful Use Vanguard (MUV). MUV is a national initiative designed to honor, thank, and bring together clinicians who serve as local leaders and advisors in the nation’s transition toward an electronically-enabled health care system.

[quote style=”1″]On behalf of the Kentucky REC, I would like to congratulate these practices and hospitals on this important distinction. Their experience is invaluable in helping clinicians take the necessary steps to transform from paper-based practices to electronically-enabled systems. We commend them for being at the forefront of EHR implementation, and hope their example will encourage others to follow in their footsteps. –Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, Kentucky REC Director[/quote]

A complete list of all award winners and pictures from each event will be available soon.

Meaningful Use Audits

Posted May 9th in Education

auditAccording to CMS Officials, about one in 20 participants in the meaningful use program can expect to face an audit for compliance with the program’s requirements.

Since October 2012, CMS has conducted audits of meaningful use program participants who have received incentive payments. In January, CMS started conducting prepayment audits of health care providers who attested to the meaningful use of EHR systems.

Robert Anthony — deputy director of CMS’ Health IT Initiatives Group — said that CMS aims to audit about 5% of all meaningful use program participants by conducting approximately the same amount of prepayment and post-payment audits. He added that Figliozzi & Company, CMS’ audit contractor, will conduct the majority of reviews through “desk audits” but that a few on-site audits could occur.

cms-center-for-medicareAnthony said CMS so far has sent few letters notifying health care providers about adverse audit findings. However, he noted that the agency still is in the early stages of its auditing efforts. He added that a few health care providers with adverse audit notices are starting the appeals process and that some providers are facing investigation for possible fraud.

According to Anthony, the most common problems identified in the audits so far are:

Noncompliance with the requirement that health care providers conduct a data security risk assessment, which also is a requirement under HIPAA; and

A lack of adequate documentation to support responses to some of the “yes or no” meaningful use requirements, such as whether an EHR system has been tested for the ability to exchange clinical data.

Providers should retain all relevant supporting documentation-in either paper or electronic format—used to complete the Attestation Module as follows:

  • Documentation to support attestation data for MU objectives and clinical quality measures should be retained for six years post-attestation
  • Documentation to support payment calculations (such as cost report data) should follow the current documentation retention processes

Are you prepared? Please contact your Kentucky REC implementation specialist to ensure that you have all of the proper documentation in place in the case of an audit.

2013 Meaningful Use Survival Seminar

Posted February 13th in Event


Kentucky REC & KHIE invite you to attend the 2013 Meaningful Use Survival Seminar in your area! In March, April and May, Kentucky REC and KHIE will travel to several cities throughout the state of Kentucky to offer Continuing Education programs to all healthcare professionals.

The educational programs will include information regarding: Privacy & Security Risk Assessment, Meaningful Use Audits and Meaningful Use Stage 2. Kentucky REC will also recognize local healthcare professionals in each area who have led the charge in Health IT implementation and successfully reached Meaningful Use. Registration is FREE to everyone and breakfast will be provided.

To register go to

2013 Schedule:
March 15 • Bardstown
March 22 • Paducah
April 12 • Hazard
April 19 • Bowling Green
May 10 • Somerset
May 31 • Lexington

2012 National Meaningful Use Award

Posted January 21st in Awards, News

carol-robKentucky REC is excited to announce that Kentucky was selected as one of three states in the nation to receive an award from the Office of the National Coordinator at this week’s National Meeting in Washington, D.C.!

Our state was recognized for championing the efforts to accelerate meaningful use, for being a vanguard in furthering change in healthcare delivery, and for being a valued member of the Health IT community!

Congratulations to the healthcare providers of Kentucky! This award is another testament to the hard work you do every day to take care of our communities.

Read the press release here.