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.

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?

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… m paper to digital medical records has enjoyed strong political support in Congress, though how best to pay for it—and who deserves the money— has been co …"

"… on are part of the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package passed by Congress in February 2009.Last year, the Center for Public Integrity reported that …"

"… physicians for systems they already have.”Criticism from Republicans in Congress has mounted in the wake of the Center’s "Cracking the Codes" series publ …"

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

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 "cloning":

"… paste records from prior encounters with a patient, a practice known as “cloning.” Many experts say that this process can raise the size of a patient’s …"

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

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 …"

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 "National Transportation Safety Board":

"… create and fund a new independent watchdog agency, along the lines of the National Transportation Safety Board. Like NTSB, the new agency would conduct investigations and make recommend …"

As states build exchanges, questions linger about interoperability

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Lingering questions about interoperability of state health information exchanges

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… can Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The incentive provision is known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The …"

"… on is known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The idea behind it is that creation of a computerized Health …"

"… tors who received money) and hospital chains on the list chose to respond. Health providers were asked for the brand of the technology they installed, when …"

"… h scientist and lecturer at George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy, said he thought it was too early to draw conclusions about the fin …"

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 "Privacy":

"… ugh, the same protections do not apply to records controlled by consumers. Privacy advocates say it’s time that stricter standards apply to those records …"

"… HIPAA, but it’s not,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit public research interest group. “People are taken by …"

"… red with merchants and even disclosed to employers, according to the World Privacy Forum. Privacy policies and consent forms have become so complex and ubiqu …"

"… nts and even disclosed to employers, according to the World Privacy Forum. Privacy policies and consent forms have become so complex and ubiquitous that priv …"

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

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 "Privacy":

"… s, such as the financial sector, said Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at CDT.“Most of these breaches have been attributable to lost de …"

"… mple, groups often do not even know that their systems have been breached. Privacy advocates say security breaches go unreported, though it’s impossible to …"

"… ustries beyond health care. Pending legislation includes the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and the Secure a …"

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. ..

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 "director":

"… at the community respects and trusts,” she said.Yet, said David Adamson, director of a low-income health clinic in Colorado, Mountain Family Health Center, …"

"… number of people they can test by more than 60 percent. Now, Adamson, the director, is uncertain how much longer they can keep funding it.“Everything’s a …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… f H.I.T. [health information technology],” said Peter Pronovost, medical director of the Center for Innovations in Quality Patient Care at Johns Hopkins Uni …"

"… ected, part of the challenge in identifying problems, said William Munier, director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Agency for …"

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 "X-ray":

"… moving towards even tighter regulation of other medical technology such as X-ray machines and drug pumps, "FDA is one agency that we are working with," the …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… chair of the committee and a vice president with Blue Shield Blue Cross of North Carolina. “You’ve got to make sure that there’s a clear definition of viabili …"

As health files go digital, patients may spot unpleasant surprises

By Fred Schulte

Sensitive questions arise about access to online medical data