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 "information technology":

"… anwhile, each has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on upgrades to its information technology and on attempts to improve interoperability between their systems. At a J …"

Feds 'listen' for sounds of Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte

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

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 "Obama administration":

"… sting and cutting down on medical errors. But the report asserts that the Obama administration’s push to use billions of dollars in stimulus money helping doctors and …"

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

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 "Medicare":

"… ation’s largest hospital group has asked federal officials to create new Medicare pay scales for emergency rooms and outpatient clinics and determine if ele …"

"… lso signaled that it wants to work with law enforcement officials to write Medicare billing standards that keep its members on the right side of the law.Hospi …"

"… 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 have been worsening as doctors and hospitals swi …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… to address it. It is the second government action in the wake of the Center for Public Integrity’s “Cracking the Codes” series, which found that thousands of medical …"

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 "HHS Secretary":

"… services than they actually deliver — a practice known as “upcoding.”HHS Secretary Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder on Sept. 24 warned five hospital …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… process known as “upcoding.”The federal government action follows The Center for Public Integrity’s “Cracking the Codes” series, published last month. The y …"

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 "technology firms":

"… rnment has invested more heavily in electronic health records, hundreds of technology firms have begun marketing digital records system, often doing so by promising d …"

OPINION: Center series demonstrates dangers of 'captured' regulators

By Wendell Potter

Center series demonstrates dangers of special interest influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Inspector General":

"… ent than is appropriate for the care they really provided to patients. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recognizes that upcoding is …"

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… y “revenue maximization” consultants.At the ensuing hearing, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, lamented that officials had no way to know how many doctors were …"

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 "Electronic health record":

"… es they used didn’t “accurately reflect the services they provide.” Electronic health records figured prominently in a critical Medicare audit of Texas and Oklahoma ho …"

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 "health information technology":

"… to ensure patient safety when doctors and other health care providers use health information technology, or health IT. The findings from the report were presented October 28 to t …"

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 "Ohio":

"… Jersey counterparts to facilitate interstate health information exchange. Ohio, which has contracted with the technology firm Medicity to build its platf …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… read use of electronic health records. The government will begin deducting Medicare payments from providers if they do not go digital by 2015.However, the mon …"

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 "Grenada":

"… ds in improving patient care.Dr. George Miller, a surgeon who practices in Grenada, Miss., said his decision to adopt electronic health records had nothing t …"

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 "Medicaid":

"… patients in Medicare. Or, if she cares for a certain number of low-income Medicaid patients, she could earn as much as an extra $63,750 over six years.The do …"

"… payments to physicians and hospitals nationwide. Another $114.5 million in Medicaid bonuses has been distributed to health care providers through May 31)She …"

"… qualify for the bonus payments under that program. They may be eligible as Medicaid providers for the electronic health record bonus if at least 30 percent of …"

"… ronic health record bonus if at least 30 percent of their patients receive Medicaid. Their portion of Medicaid patients hovers around 26 to 30 percent. After …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… Network in New York; AvMed, Inc., in Florida and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.The Blue Cross Blue Shield problem occurred in October 2009. The company n …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… es are uncertain — but they are representative of a larger war. All over Washington, special interests are scrambling to improve their position by attempting …"

"… ic records to improve patient care.But like a lot of spending decisions in Washington, this one ended up choosing winners and losers. In the weeks leading up to …"

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 "Rhode Island":

"… gislation.Whitehouse introduced a similar bill last year, after his fellow Rhode Island Democrat, then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy, authored the House version. Neither b …"

"… ”Nevertheless, Whitehouse’s argument will focus on future savings. The Rhode Island lawmaker “believes there are tremendous savings to be realized through d …"

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 "Paul Tang":

"… f medical informatics at Indiana University’s Regenstrief Institute; Dr. Paul Tang from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation; or Janet Corrigan, chief executive …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coordinator":

"… eads the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “But we still have to be wary and att …"

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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