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. …"

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 "Eric Holder":

"… Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder issued a letter sternly warning five hospital and medical groups of their …"

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 "Medicare":

"… rds and use them to improve the quality of health care.But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has since paid out more than $3.6 billion to medical …"

"… ct documented that thousands of medical professionals have steadily billed Medicare for more complex and costly health care over the past decade — adding $1 …"

"… ical errors and duplication of tests.From May 2011 to August of this year, Medicare paid about $3.6 billion to 74,317 medical providers and 1,333 hospitals th …"

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 "HHS Secretary":

"… as a means to improve the quality of medical care.In an Oct. 17 letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, four Republican senators raised questions about whether …"

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 "Washington":

"… s for comment. A second “whistleblower” lawsuit filed in the state of Washington in 2006 alleged that Health Management Associates, a Florida-based hospita …"

"… lling practices that for years did not pay them enough. Robert Tennant, a Washington lobbyist with the Medical Group Management Association, which represents 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 "Virginia":

"… ngton, Va., for example, is likely to see providers in his or her Northern Virginia neighborhood, in the District of Columbia, and in the Washington suburbs i …"

"… nterstate communications.  Edward Dolly, deputy commissioner for West Virginia’s state health information technology office, said his state will “foc …"

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 "Health care":

"… n later, said Rosenbluth. You’ll need the time.Because there’s a catch.Health care providers have to do more than just own an electronic health record system …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… e revisions.Nearly two years have passed with no final rule, though an HHS spokeswoman recently told iWatch News it was due out this summer. She said that HHS is …"

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 "Food and Drug Administration":

"… usly,” warns a report on the incident.Scores of reports on file with the Food and Drug Administration detail consequences to patients when an electronic medical record system f …"

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 "University of Utah":

"… accomplish that goal. David Classen, a physician affiliated with the University of Utah, said that several studies suggested that benefits from health information …"

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

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 "federal law":

"… f what is going on across the country," Suarez said.  …"

"… hospitals hadn't even met basic security standards already required under federal law. "The first question is really: Do we need to have a much larger pict …"

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 "Microsoft":

"… . But some of the world’s largest companies, including General Electric, Microsoft, Dell and German-based Siemens Corp., already are working hard to sign up …"

"… us tour” to boost sales. So far, the tour, which includes officials from Microsoft, Dell and Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, has played in more than 3 …"