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?

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… social science methods in the pursuit of better journalism.   …"

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

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 "Electronic health record":

"… es they used didn’t “accurately reflect the services they provide.” Electronic health records figured prominently in a critical Medicare audit of Texas and Oklahoma ho …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

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 "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… National Coordinator for Health Information, which runs the program in the Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, nearly 31,000 work in small group practices.The available stati …"

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 "director":

"… harm standard was not included in the statute, said Lisa Gallagher, senior director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Syste …"

"… chnology of other groups, such as the financial sector, said Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT.“Most of these breaches have been a …"

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 "physician":

"… of tracking the safety of health information technology.Justin Starren, a physician who oversees technology at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, lays out th …"

"… le delays and omissions,” stated the report.Most of the reports filed by physicians alleged malfunctions or poor designs of Cerner's CPOE equipment. One …"

"… that CPOE can significantly reduce medication errors that stem from sloppy physician handwriting on prescriptions. Yet others have found that CPOE can also cre …"

"… flood doctors with warning alerts that are of no consequence, leading many physicians to habitually ignore them – a syndrome so commonplace it even has a nam …"

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

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 "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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

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

"… with plans to convert an obscure government data collection system into a Health Internet, which would encourage sending sensitive medical information into …"

"… cryption techniques when sending Health records over the Internet. “Health care is no different than other industries grappling with the challenges o …"

"… ext five years. The findings surprised some members of the government Health Information Technology standards panel, which is aiding federal officials …"

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques