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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… medical service. Mostashari’s called for the review in the wake of the Center for Public Integrity’s “Cracking the Codes” series, which found that thousands of medical …"

Center's 'Cracking the Codes' series wins Meyer journalism award

By The Center for Public Integrity

'Cracking the Codes' series about Medicare billing takes first place

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philip Meyer":

"… series, Cracking the Codes, has been named first-place winner of the 2012 Philip Meyer Journalism Award sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE.) T …"

"… ing some doctors and hospitals to overbill Medicare.The Meyer Award honors Philip Meyer, professor emeritus and former Knight Chair of journalism at the Universit …"

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… m paper to digital medical records has enjoyed strong political support in Congress. Yet in recent months Republicans have begun to question the billions in t …"

"… on are part of the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package passed by Congress in February 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… m paper to digital medical records has enjoyed strong political support in Congress, though how best to pay for it—and who deserves the money— has been co …"

"… on are part of the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package passed by Congress in February 2009.Last year, the Center for Public Integrity reported that …"

"… physicians for systems they already have.”Criticism from Republicans in Congress has mounted in the wake of the Center’s "Cracking the Codes" series publ …"

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 "Congress":

"… hey actually deliver — a practice known as “upcoding.”Republicans in Congress also are expressing concern about the government’s program to spend more …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… nitiative hit warp drive with a February 2009 decision by Congress and the Obama administration to spend as much as $30 billion in economic stimulus money to help doctors …"

"… “significant start-up funds” to get the ball rolling. Since 2009, the Obama administration has held dozens of public meetings on electronic health record policies an …"

"… of medical care, has disappointed some longtime health policy hands. The Obama administration’s foray into digital medicine “has backfired at this point,” said Dr …"

"… ant, whose group represents medical practices, noted that Congress and the Obama administration have sent a “clear message” that they want physicians to adopt electro …"

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 "Nationwide Health Information Network":

"… l grant program, each state that participates must be able to connect to a Nationwide Health Information Network under development. “The national network is not yet in place and will li …"

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 "Anna Eshoo":

"… ve it’s important not to penalize early adopters of the technology. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., introduced a bill in 2007 that provided much of the basis for w …"

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

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.

As doctors shift to electronic health systems, signs of harm emerge

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Experts: Safety oversight needed as patient records go digital

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

With digital transition approaching for many practices, safety and security issues continue to surface

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… o protect patients from harm, witnesses told a government panel meeting in Washington on Thursday.  Safety issues are surfacing as the government tees …"

Patient data safety rules widely disregarded, unenforced

By Joe Eaton

As the federal government prepares to spend up to $27 billion in stimulus funds to promote electronic medical records, a health technology i

Can Cleveland clinic be a model for digital medicine?

By Emma Schwartz

Hospital’s success with electronic records raises hope and caution

Survey: Hospitals not protecting electronic health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

One-third of institutions acknowledge cases of medical identity theft

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philadelphia":

"… ptive sales tactics unfolded this past summer in a federal court battle in Philadelphia between two of the industry’s biggest players. In the lawsuit, Siemens M …"