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.

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 "Lamar Alexander":

"… dopt Health IT” was released on Tuesday by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla …"

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 "Health":

"… on’t know about that,” Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said Wednesday at a hearing of policy experts stud …"

"… Michelle Dougherty, director of research and development from the American Health Information Management Association, said in prepared testimony that digita …"

"… d from within the federal government. In a Sept. 24 letter, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… elle Dougherty, director of research and development for the American Health Information Management Association,  said the new directive “will h …"

"… al professionals who made the switch.Yet late last year, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said its contractors had de …"

"… sultant who serves on a panel on fraud and abuse for the trade association Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, said that one of …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… s, according to a new federal audit to be released today.The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s audit warns that the electronic r …"

"… ling software has contributed to the higher charges.In an Oct. 4 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebilius, four Republican House lead …"

"… t cited as an example a “report to customers” issued in February by GE Healthcare, a manufacturer of digital records systems. The notice said that two o …"

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 "Health":

"… ent, wrote in a letter dated Nov. 12. The letter was sent to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Electronic medical record":

"… p;Wednesday, in announcing investigative priorities for the coming year.“Electronic medical records can improve quality of care and efficiency and help us uncover cases of f …"

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 "Health":

"… doing little to improve the quality of medical care.In an Oct. 4 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebilius, they suggested that $10 bi …"

"… mmittee chair Wally Herger, R-Calif.The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which runs the incentive program, did not respond …"

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 "Health":

"… ways to put the brakes on escalating Health care costs. On Sept. 24, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

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 "Health":

"… he Health plan for more complex and costly services than they deliver.U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

"… bill for services never provided. The Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are monitor …"

"… letter are: the American Hospital Association, the Association of Academic Health Centers, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, …"

"… Academic Health Centers, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, the Federation of American Hospitals.The association of public ho …"

OPINION: Center series demonstrates dangers of 'captured' regulators

By Wendell Potter

Center series demonstrates dangers of special interest influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid Services":

"… affecting them. In many regards,  the Centers for  Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has become a “captured agency” as a result of decisions made dec …"

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… nies nationwide handle billing for doctors and hospitals, according to the Healthcare Billing and Management AssociationBy all accounts, demand is rising. C …"

"… al Coders, founded in 1988, boasts more than 117,000 members. The American Health Information Management Association, which has advocated for accurate medic …"

"… can create an incentive to overcharge, they remain in wide use. But the Healthcare Billing and Management Association contends these deals are “appropr …"

"… oding guidelines assure “there’s going to be a wide range of errors.”Health lawyer and coding expert Miscoe agreed. “Fundamentally, we need to chang …"

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 "Health":

"… er Trussell, who directs the investigations unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. “We are all excited abo …"

"… e more diligently would justify higher codes and fees. The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an advocate for pressing ahead with electronic h …"

"… he administration of President George W. Bush. In July 2005, the American Health Information Management Association identified an “unintended incentive f …"

"… ch was commissioned by HHS officials. Two months later, a second American Health Information Management Association panel stated that “without a delibera …"

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 "Medicare":

"… cies — including the Office of the National Coordinator, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… val of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. As a result, a wide array of models are being used.  Some state …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… hom worked for health-related agencies or committees.Sarah Dufendach, vice president for legislative affairs at Common Cause, called the 70 percent revolving d …"

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 "Health care":

"… n later, said Rosenbluth. You’ll need the time.Because there’s a catch.Health care providers have to do more than just own an electronic health record system …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "AIDS":

"… “no calculable benefit to either the individual or the covered entity.”AIDS Healthcare Foundation also supported the “no harm no foul” provision …"

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....

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… we want to be integrated into the rest of health care,” said Al Guida, a lobbyist for the behavioral health community.That vision seemed to gain traction in …"

"… dicare provision at the end of the year, said Guida, the behavioral health lobbyist.Advocates of the measure say patients’ computerized records should inclu …"

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 "Ethiopia":

"… in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethiopian immigrants a place where doctors spoke their language and understood thei …"

"… ital. Jimma, 47, moved to the United States ten months ago from his native Ethiopia, leaving behind a wife and five children. “I came to this country and I …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… ome systematic management hurdles plaguing the project, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.The watchdog confirms what the Pentagon’s inspector general has p …"

"… , and other health care workers.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

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