Veterans Affairs, Defense Depts. spend billions in effort to coordinate records

By Hannah Winston

News21 investigation finds Veterans Affairs, Defense departments dropped at least $1.3B on failed records system.

Feds 'listen' for sounds of Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte

Baltimore session looks at role of electronic health records in higher medical bills.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ds to overbill Medicare, top government officials swung into action. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

"… order to inflate what providers get paid.” Sue Bowman, of the American Health Information Management Association, said her testimony in Baltimore would …"

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

By Fred Schulte

Report says $35 billion Obama administration stimulus program not working

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ud and abuse from errant billing, a process known as “upcoding.” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

"… titled “REBOOT: Re-examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT” was released on Tuesday by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexa …"

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 "Health":

"… on’t know about that,” Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said Wednesday at a hearing of policy experts stud …"

"… Michelle Dougherty, director of research and development from the American Health Information Management Association, said in prepared testimony that digita …"

"… d from within the federal government. In a Sept. 24 letter, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

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 "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 "Health":

"… onic records to cover up crime,” said Daniel Levinson, the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, in a video presentation.The video po …"

"… . Farzad Mostashari, the Obama administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said he would ask a panel of policy experts to exa …"

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… event billing fraud and assure patient safety and data integrity.President George W. Bush in 2004 set the goal of creating a digital medical record for every Americ …"

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

Thousands now employed as professional coders, but oversight is lacking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ly and charge Medicare only for treatments that are medically necessary, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found.The Center’s analysis of Medicare billing record …"

"… r who is making the mistakes. The Medicare billing records analyzed by the Center for Public Integrity don’t indicate whether high-billing doctors coded their own bills, hired …"

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 "Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… ich owns or leases more than 60 hospitals in 15 states, disclosed in a May Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the HHS inspector general’s office was investigating it’s …"

Panel recommends new agency to investigate safety of health information technology

By Kimberly Leonard

Institute of Medicine panel recommends new regulatory body, not FDA

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Florida":

"… . Robert Wears, a professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, expressed support for the idea of a new, independent agen …"

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 "Health":

"… ubject to the approval of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. As a result, a wide array of models are being …"

"… hangeDori Henry, director of communications for Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, noted that under rules established by the federal gran …"

"… gram, each state that participates must be able to connect to a Nationwide Health Information Network under development. “The national network is not yet …"

"… the national network is already in its embryonic stage. The South Carolina Health Information Exchange, for example, is one of 20 participants already secur …"

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Federal stimulus money will build exchanges, but may not be enough to sustain them

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… he federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology asked each state and territory to propose a plan for a state exchange that …"

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

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

Privacy advocates want stricter rules for online, patient-controlled health records

By Kimberly Leonard

Privacy groups say clearer rules are needed for online, patient-controlled health records, but an HHS study of the issue is 18 months late

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… nes that are updated through a continuous process. …"

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 "Congress":

"… program has only just started — and it could become a tempting target as Congress struggles to tighten the federal budget. (In May, Medicare officials distr …"

"… for pediatricians). That requirement will disqualify some doctors, unless Congress drops it, said researcher Brian Bruen. But that is unlikely to happen, 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 "Insurance":

"… ity regulations that had been originally installed through the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) were added with the HITECH Act …"

Telehealth bill aims to expand health IT access for home care providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

A proposed new Senate bill would give home care providers in rural areas access to Medicare payments for audio and video home monitoring. ..

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… a total of about $28 billion, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Home care is a cheaper alternative to other forms of care as it …"

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health care":

"… lth care disparities by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Health care researchers say that no single effort will eliminate the disparities betwe …"

Push for safety oversight of electronic medical records is moving at a crawl

By Emma Schwartz

Nearly two years after the Obama administration announced plans to spend $40 billion to help doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical

FDA, Obama digital medical records team at odds over safety oversight

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Previously undisclosed hospital mixup underscores challenges on road to reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… lly, or how they were remedied. Shivinsky said he wasn’t sure if federal officials had been notified of the difficulties at Trinity — or would be. No rule …"

"… d Blumenthal, the government’s top medical health information technology official, didn’t know about it. “First I’ve heard about it,” Blumenthal sai …"

"… s. But safety and quality standards — which Food and Drug Administration officials had suggested earlier this year could be in the offing — weren’t incl …"

"… o create a digital medical file for every American within a decade, a goal officials said at the time they could reach “without substantial regulation.” …"

Are new digital networks part of the cure?

By Emma Schwartz

Targeting the chronically ill, Obama Administration bets millions

Amid digital records surge, a lack of policing by the FDA

By Emma Schwartz and Fred Schulte

Government offers incentives to buy electronic devices it doesn't track for safety

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

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports link system malfunctions to injuries, deaths

Effort to track medical safety issues faces long road ahead

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Panel seeks centralized data on hazards related to digital systems

FDA asks hospitals to report safety glitches in digital health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

In letter to 350 health centers, agency signals growing concern

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… litch that happened when too many characters were entered in.Graham Yuill, director of clinical engineering at the East Alabama Medical Center, which particip …"

"… ve gotten involved with that or reported that,” he said.Arthur Bartosch, director of Biomedical Engineering Services at Westchester Medical Center in New Yo …"

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 …"

Shopping for health software, some doctors get buyer’s remorse

By Emma Schwartz

Volatile industry prompts calls for oversight of firms’ financial strength

As health files go digital, patients may spot unpleasant surprises

By Fred Schulte

Sensitive questions arise about access to online medical data

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… looks easy, but when you dive down in you see a significant burden.” …"

"… ough.”How patients might read — or misinterpret — lab results caused Kaiser Permanente to backtrack on full disclosure.A national leader in digital record-keepin …"

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