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 "physician":

"… of billions of dollars in taxpayer money. Donald W. Simborg, a California physician who participated in two government groups that studied the billing fraud i …"

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 "physician":

"… octor visit was necessary, CMS said.Dr. Stephen R. Levinson, a Connecticut physician and expert on medical coding, said that “this is another way of saying t …"

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 "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 …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… ices that for years did not pay them enough. Robert Tennant, a Washington lobbyist with the Medical Group Management Association, which represents large medi …"

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 "Technology":

"… val of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. As a result, a wide array of models are being used.  Some state …"

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 "National Taxpayers Union":

"… n without the adoption of the HITECH Act.”Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union, said he thought the stimulus program was designed more for speed than eff …"

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 "Medicine":

"… xtension center at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in April when they visited Southwest Family Physicians of Middleburg Heigh …"

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 "Kathleen Sebelius":

"… p;In a Feb. 24 letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Grassley added that he had been “surprised by the lack of discussion ab …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clinic":

"… y uploaded to an electronic record that he and his doctor at the Cleveland Clinic can check anytime.It’s a far cry from how Giuliani, 55, used to handle h …"

"… tal age. Few places can claim to be as far down this road as the Cleveland Clinic, a prestigious medical center that President Obama has praised for having …"

"… , aiming to improve care and reap billions of dollars in savings.Cleveland Clinic doctors say there is no doubt the switch to digital record-keeping has boo …"

"… ity improvements at an elite, well-financed institution like the Cleveland Clinic can be duplicated elsewhere. The hospital was able to go electronic in sta …"

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 "Medicare":

"… s that buy or update electronic systems can receive up to $44,000 in bonus Medicare payments per doctor over five years, starting in 2011. They can get the mo …"

"… er they get up and running, the more money they can get. On the flip side, Medicare plans to cut payments to those who fail to get wired up by 2015.“The law …"