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 "Obama administration":

"… he work they do — which they often failed to do on by hand on paper. …"

"… tal medical record for every American within ten years. In early 2009, the Obama administration added billions of dollars in stimulus funds in the hopes that electronic h …"

"… data, positive or negative, that would be useful,” he said. In all, the Obama administration expects to spend more than $30 billion helping doctors and hospitals purch …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… than they actually deliver. Following the publication of our stories, the Obama administration’s top health information technology official launched an internal review …"

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior advisor":

"… about what is proper as medicine enters the digital era.Dr. David Kibbe, a senior advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians on digital medicine, said the …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… ology long before the stimulus program was announced. A spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., called that an “inexcusable waste of taxpayer dollars,” sayi …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… ished by the New York Times.Earlier this month, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the Obama administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said he would …"

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 medical record":

"… ht if that whole issue wasn’t factored into the strategy,” Elson said. …"

"… m in 2007, according to hospital CEO Joe Lemaire. Coding ‘Slam Dunk’ Electronic medical records can influence pay scales known as “Evaluation and Management” codes. …"

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 "Parmeeth Atwal":

"… emains to get all 56 states and territories linked into this system.  Parmeeth Atwal, an ONC spokesman, describes the effort as “a challenge of a breadth and …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… not paying for nothing,” he said.Others disagreed. A spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., an obstetrician, said that “if providers have been paid for sy …"

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 "federal government":

"… ied bonus payments will thwart a competitive market.“This money that the federal government is waiving in front of everyone’s faces perverts the free market,” he …"

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 "federal government":

"… the effectiveness of treatments. But it was only in recent years that the federal government created financial incentives for doctors and hospitals to make the change. …"

"… site — and must often report such breaches to the media.   The federal government also gave state attorneys general increased authority to take action again …"

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 "alert fatigue":

"… o habitually ignore them – a syndrome so commonplace it even has a name: alert fatigue.The automated warnings aren’t taken seriously. “They are a joke,” Ko …"

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 "Electronic health record":

"… ing to quickly fix reported software bugs and advise doctors of them. Electronic health records, or EHRs, can be widely adopted in the next ten years “if we are willin …"

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 "energy":

"… or emergency meeting. Now, with regular monitoring, Giuliani has much more energy and saves hundreds of dollars on medicine.“It's very convenient,” said …"

"… nough confidence to take him off several drugs.Since then, he’s had more energy and is thankful to be saving hundreds of dollars on medication. His diabet …"

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