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 …"

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 "University of North Carolina":

"… lip Meyer, professor emeritus and former Knight Chair of journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meyer is the author of “Precision Journalism”,‖ the …"

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… dn’t “accurately reflect the services they provide.”William Mahon, a Virginia expert on health care fraud, called the new CMS directive a “big deal. …"

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

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 "inspector":

"… rime,” said Daniel Levinson, the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, in a video presentation.The video posted on the agency’s websit …"

"… ion.The video posted on the agency’s website on Wednesday summarized the inspector general’s “work plan,” for 2013, a listing of Medicare and Medicaid …"

"… icut physician and expert on medical coding and billing issues, called the inspector general’s focus a “warning shot across the bow” for physicians. Whil …"

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 "Ross Koppel":

"… h “produced an average billable gain of $26 per patient visit.”  Ross Koppel, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied d …"

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 "District of Columbia":

"… cts of privacy, security and policy. …"

"… kely to see providers in his or her Northern Virginia neighborhood, in the District of Columbia, and in the Washington suburbs in Maryland.  If the exchanges for the …"

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

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 "David Blumenthal":

"… ind and that would be bad for them and bad for their patients,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, who until recently coordinated the government’s electronic health recor …"

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 "Maine":

"… iam Pewen, former senior health policy adviser to Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, who helped draft the HIPAA legislation."The public may not fully und …"

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

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Blumenthal":

"… one well, they are wonderful; done poorly they can kill people,” he said.David Blumenthal, who oversees stimulus payouts as the government’s national coordinator …"

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 "David Blumenthal":

"… December and payments could begin going to hospitals late this year. David Blumenthal, the administration’s top health information technology official, said a …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ion at risk.The November survey by the Health technology trade association Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) found that one in f …"

"… ed is that failure to conduct a formal risk analysis is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which became law in …"

"… by high-profile losses of sensitive patient data. In November, the insurer Health Net announced that a portable hard drive containing medical claims of as m …"

"… A’s data risk analysis provision, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since 1996, the agency has received approximatel …"

Can Cleveland clinic be a model for digital medicine?

By Emma Schwartz

Hospital’s success with electronic records raises hope and caution

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… rcent of the country’s $2 trillion in medical spending, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Giuliani, the public defender living with diabetes, is a case in point. In …"

Survey: Hospitals not protecting electronic health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

One-third of institutions acknowledge cases of medical identity theft

Excerpts from this story referencing "Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society":

"… . Gallagher, a privacy and security expert who conducted the study for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). “We need to get focused on security.” In the survey, one …"

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques