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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Armed Services Committee":

"… rove interoperability between their systems. At a July hearing before the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… ), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). …"

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 "Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society":

"… 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 the selling points for electronic health recor …"

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 "Connecticut":

"… n the way of added or necessary medical service.Dr. Stephen R. Levinson, a Connecticut physician and expert on medical coding and billing issues, called the insp …"

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 "energy":

"… D-Mich., Ways and Means health subcommittee chairman Joe Pitts, R-Pa. and energy health subcommittee chair Wally Herger, R-Calif.The Ways and Means Committ …"

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 "Connecticut":

"… accurately and “do not facilitate upcoding.” ‘Improper Payments’ Connecticut doctor Stephen R. Levinson, who authored a major textbook on medical codin …"

"… as 2006. That year Medicare contractor First Coast Service Options chided Connecticut doctors who “frequently over-documented” to justify higher billing cod …"

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 "Rhode Island":

"… cord, for example, or an incorrect medication dosage might be recorded. In Rhode Island, a Lifespan computer glitch caused about 2,000 patients to receive the wro …"

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 "Northern Virginia":

"… g in Arlington, Va., for example, is likely to see providers in his or her Northern Virginia neighborhood, in the District of Columbia, and in the Washington suburbs i …"

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 "Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society":

"… ld meet its needs.Pam Matthews, senior director of regional affairs at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a nonprofit that promotes understanding and use of health informa …"

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 "Federal Trade Commission":

"… been attempting for years to beef up protections, with little success. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) acts as a partial safeguard for the public when it comes to handling …"

"… secute cases of unfair or deceptive practices outlined in Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.  For instance, if a company says in its policy that it will neve …"

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 "insurance":

"… walter, another consultant. But it doesn’t send out bills to patients or insurance companies and can’t be combined with a separate billing program.Abdallah …"

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":

"… Act, authored by Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.  …"

"… nintended groups it can lead to discrimination in a person’s employment, insurance, credit and education. Most dangerously, it can lead to medical identity f …"

"… or harm them in other ways, the rule states.   If a provider or insurance company decides no harm occurred, then they are not required to tell the g …"

"… that have been breached. HHS provides the names of hospitals, doctors and insurance companies on its website, but some groups are saying the list is incomplet …"

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 "head":

"… l for IT [information technology] helping is enormous,” said Ruth Perot, head of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, a nonprofit p …"

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 "Healthcare":

"… tary reports.And the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research is developing tests doctors can run on their systems …"

"… of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, is that the technology is often one of the factors, …"

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 "University of Texas":

"… heir guards,” said Vimla Patel, who directs research on the topic at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.Monitoring could help others learn from p …"

"… tems that are not “user friendly” can generate errors, said Patel, the University of Texas researcher in the field, who with her team has a $15 million grant to stud …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centricity PACS RA1000 Workstation, a device":

"… everal recall notices followed the inspection. One of those was for the GE Centricity PACS RA1000 Workstation, a device that stores X-ray images. Just after the inspection, GE Healthcare se …"

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

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":

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

"… to contact their health practitioner with any questions.The experience at Kaiser reflects the sensitivities that can arise over how much medical data patie …"

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

"… backtrack on full disclosure.A national leader in digital record-keeping, Kaiser granted patients online access to their medical records as far back as 200 …"