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.

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

By Fred Schulte

Report says $35 billion Obama administration stimulus program not working

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 "Technology":

"… hat,” Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said Wednesday at a hearing of policy experts studying the billing issue. …"

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

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 "House":

"… ars, some cracks have begun to appear.In an Oct. 4 letter, four Republican House members urged HHS Secretary Sebilius to suspend government payments to hos …"

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

Suit alleges retaliation for exposure of upcoding

By Fred Schulte

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

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

OPINION: Center series demonstrates dangers of 'captured' regulators

By Wendell Potter

Center series demonstrates dangers of special interest influence

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

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

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 "Michigan":

"… school of information and the school of public health at the University of Michigan, has conducted formal evaluations of 27 different states for ONC as a subc …"

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 "Medicare":

"… als were included in the first batch to receive incentive payments through Medicare — payments that totaled $75 million. Those payments began during the two …"

"… two weeks following the launch of the program April 18 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The details of the initial batch were relea …"

"… ive software update.The incentive program, to be administered through both Medicare and Medicaid, is part of President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus …"

"… CMS spokesman said the agency has distributed nearly $400 million in both Medicare and Medicaid payments, and that by the end of the summer, that figure migh …"

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… t 12 percent — even though podiatrists make up only about 1.5 percent of Medicare physicians and practitioners.Those numbers are no accident, according to D …"

"… ded as eligible providers,” Christina said. In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a list of the first 320 recipients …"

"… the first 320 recipients of “meaningful use” incentive payments under Medicare.  At least 25 of those were doctors of podiatric medicine, nearly 8 p …"

"… iWatch News that podiatrists make up about 15,500 of the roughly 1,022,900 Medicare participating and non-participating physicians and practitioners — only …"

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 "Congress":

"… hat multibillion-dollar pie.  Some are also lobbying against moves in Congress to reduce the overall pot of HITECH money.Many health IT firms don’t lob …"

"… as having done health IT lobbying for those firms, at least 63 were former Congressional and/or executive branch staffers, many of whom worked for health-rela …"

"… o more profit for the industry. And “while the close connections between Congress, the executive branch, and industry can bring some expertise to the table …"

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 "Physician":

"… University School of Medicine in April when they visited Southwest Family Physicians of Middleburg Heights, an 8-doctor group practice just down the road from …"

"… at the end of the road,” Rosenbluth told the doctors at Southwest Family Physicians.But surprises are exactly what the Southwest Family Physicians group is w …"

"… west Family Physicians.But surprises are exactly what the Southwest Family Physicians group is worried about during a meeting in a break room where the consult …"

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

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 "Physician":

"… how they have installed the technology and used it to improve patient care.Physicians, chiropractors, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, psychiatrists, and m …"

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 "diabetes":

"… spitals and clinics. They also have higher rates of chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension, conditions that some research has shown digital technolo …"

"… are uninsured, and many learn for the first time they have hypertension or diabetes. “It makes a difference to put money in prevention than waiting until pe …"

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 "National Security Council":

"… e in part to a lengthy vacancy in the cybersecurity coordinator job on the National Security Council (GAO).MISC.* Social Security Administration has spent much less than the $ …"

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