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 "Leon Panetta":

"… em to another when they get out of the military,” then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at the time. “It doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense.” Inste …"

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 "Pat Roberts":

"… sed 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.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wy …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… view on this.” Ross Koppel, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said that officials face a difficult balance in making sure that the soft …"

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 "Health":

"… onic records to cover up crime,” said Daniel Levinson, the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, in a video presentation.The video po …"

"… . Farzad Mostashari, the Obama administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said he would ask a panel of policy experts to exa …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… 0 billion in 2011, has emerged as a presidential campaign issue, with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney promising to tame its spending growth while protecting sen …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… d hospitals switch to electronic health records.In campaign speeches, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have promised to tame Medicare’s spending growth while p …"

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 "Health":

"… provided to patients. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recognizes that upcoding is a chronic and costly proble …"

"… to use EHRs. The government, mainly the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, never imposed any controls over the IT industry as …"

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… focus on patients. They’re not policy wonks,” noted Michael Miscoe, a Pennsylvania health care lawyer and medical coding specialist.The need for coding assis …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… t visit.”  Ross Koppel, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied design weaknesses in the software, said that sales agents …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ,” said Ross Koppel, adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and its School of Medicine, and investigator for RAND Corporation. He is l …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… umbers of travelers to the island, such as Florida, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas.Some states are further along in the setup process than others, …"

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 "Health":

"… ation within a state.The federal government started distributing the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program grant money in March 20 …"

"… ticular approach, the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology asked each state and territory to propose a plan fo …"

"… ld meet its needs.Pam Matthews, senior director of regional affairs at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a nonprofit that p …"

"… l, and ONC is supplying that for us,” said Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, the non-profit designated by the state to coordin …"

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… echnical Evaluation, Testing and Validation of the Usability of Electronic Health Records,” is available for informal public comment until Nov. 10, 2011. …"

"… ion of the patient record because the system is daunting to practitioners. Health care providers might also be confused about how to access the information …"

"… attributable to the perplexing nature of the technology, the report says. Health care providers have been deterred from going digital, other researchers ha …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… can Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The incentive provision is known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The …"

"… on is known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The idea behind it is that creation of a computerized Health …"

"… tors who received money) and hospital chains on the list chose to respond. Health providers were asked for the brand of the technology they installed, when …"

"… h scientist and lecturer at George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy, said he thought it was too early to draw conclusions about the fin …"

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 "electronic health systems":

"… living in a dream world,” she said.It doesn’t help that 570 different electronic health systems certified by private organizations for non-hospital settings may be used t …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward Kennedy":

"… ian, coupled with his experience working with now-deceased Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, made him an ideal health IT coordinator.“The next person has to be able …"

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 "Medicine":

"… diseases impact minority communities.For instance, at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, researchers are starting to pull together data on African-Amer …"

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 "Medicine":

"… afety concerns, the administration appears content to let the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which it has contracted to study the topic, chart a path through th …"

"… gital health records that it would ultimately save.It was the Institute of Medicine that first pushed the idea of using electronic health records 10 years ago …"

"… e need to push rapidly forward with a new technology that the Institute of Medicine and other authorities have highlighted as critical to many, many healthcar …"

"… Innovations in Quality Patient Care at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “There is still a lot of basic knowledge we don’t have.”But those e …"

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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