CMS has published an FAQ on its Web site confirming that it has begun audits of eligible hospitals and eligible professionals who have received incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.  A contractor hired by CMS, Figliozzi and Company, has sent letters appearing on CMS letterhead to selected eligible providers informing them of the audit.  Neither CMS nor the contractor has provided additional details on the mechanics of the audit or the exact number of providers selected for audit; however, preamble language in the Stage 1 Meaningful Use Rule and other program guidance have advised providers to maintain sufficient supporting documentation to verify attestation data submitted during Stage 1. 

The CMS FAQ is available here.