Veterans Affairs, Defense Depts. spend billions in effort to coordinate records

By Hannah Winston

News21 investigation finds Veterans Affairs, Defense departments dropped at least $1.3B on failed records system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… disorder or chronic back pain. All are common among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012, the average time a claim waited for evidence to …"

Feds 'listen' for sounds of Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte

Baltimore session looks at role of electronic health records in higher medical bills.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ds to overbill Medicare, top government officials swung into action. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

"… order to inflate what providers get paid.” Sue Bowman, of the American Health Information Management Association, said her testimony in Baltimore would …"

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

By Fred Schulte

Report says $35 billion Obama administration stimulus program not working

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ud and abuse from errant billing, a process known as “upcoding.” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

"… titled “REBOOT: Re-examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT” was released on Tuesday by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexa …"

Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… be prompting some doctors and hospitals to improperly bill higher fees to Medicare. An investigation into those billing questions — which convened a hearin …"

"… al professionals have steadily billed higher rates for treating seniors on Medicare over the last decade — adding $11 billion or more to their fees. The inv …"

"… adding $11 billion or more to their fees. The investigation suggested that Medicare billing errors and abuses are worsening as doctors and hospitals switch to …"

"… re than $10 billion has been spent. Just over half the doctors now billing Medicare are using digital records. But critics of the initiative have claimed for …"

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare fraud":

"… ruary 2009.  …"

Medicare paid $3.6 billion for electronic health records but didn't verify quality goals were met

By Fred Schulte

Medicare paid providers billions to adopt electronic records without checking to see they're meeting quality goals

Hospitals request government help in curbing possible billing abuses

By Fred Schulte

Federal help sought to create billing guidelines and oversee electronic medical records

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicine":

"… tter to HHS Secretary Sebelius. She noted that a year ago the Institute of Medicine had urged HHS to develop a plan to minimize patient safety risks, but that …"

IMPACT: HHS IG pledges focus on Medicare billing abuse involving electronic records

By Fred Schulte

HHS inspector general announces focus on Medicare billing abuse involving electronic records

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… , the Obama administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said in an interview Monday afternoon that his policy-setting committee o …"

Top House Republicans demand suspension of electronic medical records program

By Fred Schulte

Top House Republicans want program suspended until government demands that systems communicate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Pitts":

"… Chairman Fred Upton, D-Mich., Ways and Means health subcommittee chairman Joe Pitts, R-Pa. and energy health subcommittee chair Wally Herger, R-Calif.The Offi …"

Suit alleges retaliation for exposure of upcoding

By Fred Schulte

Nevada woman claims she was fired after questioning hospital's bills

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma":

"… ing errrors, including one review in March of emergency rooms in Texas and Oklahoma that found $45 of every $100 was “paid in error.” Officials worry that …"

IMPACT: Cabinet officials signal crackdown on Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Sebelius, Holder signal new scrutiny in wake of Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare fraud":

"… dgment by top federal officials that the digital era may spawn more costly Medicare fraud and billing abuse. In the past, federal officials have largely accepted th …"

OPINION: Center series demonstrates dangers of 'captured' regulators

By Wendell Potter

Center series demonstrates dangers of special interest influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… vernment, mainly the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, never imposed any controls over the IT industry as Technology companies s …"

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

Thousands now employed as professional coders, but oversight is lacking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "media attention":

"… enate Finance Committee hearing.Despite much legislative hand-wringing and media attention — CBS Evening News told her story prominently — little changed in the …"

Growth of electronic medical records eases path to inflated bills

By Fred Schulte

Billing software helps medical professionals document higher fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma":

"… alth records figured prominently in a critical Medicare audit of Texas and Oklahoma hospital emergency rooms in March. The audit concluded that $45.14 of ever …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "Food and Drug Administration":

"… endent research and advisory organization, is explicitly advising that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not be tasked with the job at this time — a recommendation that is …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Federal stimulus money will build exchanges, but may not be enough to sustain them

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… he federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology asked each state and territory to propose a plan for a state exchange that …"

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Health information technology: Incentives may not always serve intended purpose

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Some payments may be going to doctors who have been using electronic health records for years

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Top health information technology firms prefer 'revolving door' lobbyists

By Josh Israel

Top health information technology firms want lobbyists with Capitol Hill or executive branch experience

Doctors skittish about health technology despite promise of big federal bucks

By Susan Jaffe

The federal government is paying physicians billions to adopt electronic health records, but doctors still aren't sure they want the cash

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coordinator":

"… cal help to apply for the bonuses, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information, which runs the program in the Department of Health …"

"… s. Even the most optimistic estimates show that the Office of the National Coordinator has a good deal of work ahead.And there’s little doubt that doctors in s …"

"… liably, regardless of their “capabilities.” The Office of the National Coordinator is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to deve …"

Tentative security definition confuses health care providers, privacy groups

By Kimberly Leonard

When must health providers tell patients that their personal information was breached? Rule pending.

Excluded groups want in on health information technology funding

By Kimberly Leonard

Economic stimulus package has $27 billion for health IT; excluded providers are fighting for a slice

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

GOP deficit-cutters eye health IT stimulus funds as Obama’s point man leaves

By Kimberly Leonard

Billions of unspent stimulus dollars slated for electronic health records are now a target for lawmakers searching the federal budget for cu

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… Gizaw, the center’s administrator.The center is not alone. Although the federal government is directing billions of dollars in economic stimulus money to get electro …"

"… raising concern among health care specialists both inside and outside the federal government, who worry that the benefit of the technology may disproportionately fall …"

"… that gaps are going to increase.”The biggest problem: cost. Although the federal government is offering individual doctors approximately $44,000 apiece in economic st …"

"… dministrator Gizaw said.The problem has not gone unnoticed. This fall, the federal government’s e-health czar, David Blumenthal, publicly encouraged the industry to d …"

Push for safety oversight of electronic medical records is moving at a crawl

By Emma Schwartz

Nearly two years after the Obama administration announced plans to spend $40 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical

Excerpts from this story referencing "FDA":

"… ned, but those certifications do not address the safety of the systems.The FDA, which considers electronic health records medical devices, has held off a …"

"… ing to an earlier probe by the Huffington Post Investigative Fund. And the FDA’s recent proposals for greater oversight have faced opposition from Blum …"

"… is not public. The largest collection the public can access comes from the FDA, which has received 370 reports of adverse events involving health informa …"

DOD struggles with medical e-records system

By Laurel Adams

The Department of Defense (DOD) has struggled since 1988 to establish a comprehensive medical records database for the 9.6 million service m

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