Feds propose shakeup for emergency room billing

By Fred Schulte

Proposal seeks to counter alleged over-billing with standardized rate

Feds 'listen' for sounds of Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte

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

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Physician":

"… al era.Dr. David Kibbe, a senior advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians on digital medicine, said the digital records systems can be misused in o …"

Suit alleges retaliation for exposure of upcoding

By Fred Schulte

Nevada woman claims she was fired after questioning hospital's bills

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ways to put the brakes on escalating Health care costs. On Sept. 24, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

IMPACT: Cabinet officials signal crackdown on Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Sebelius, Holder signal new scrutiny in wake of Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… he Health plan for more complex and costly services than they deliver.U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

"… bill for services never provided. The Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are monitor …"

"… letter are: the American Hospital Association, the Association of Academic Health Centers, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, …"

"… Academic Health Centers, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, the Federation of American Hospitals.The association of public ho …"

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… go away so long as doctors are paid by the number of services they provide.Florida consultant Frank Cohen, for instance, believes that little will change unl …"

Hospitals grab at least $1 billion in extra fees for emergency room visits

By Joe Eaton and David Donald

Center probe suggests facilities have taken advantage of government’s failure to set billing standards.

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 "Florida":

"… e state of Washington in 2006 alleged that Health Management Associates, a Florida-based hospital chain, used software called Pro-Med Clinical Systems that p …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… ard and netted higher fees as a result. A 1979 federal court injunction in Florida bars HHS from publicly releasing doctors’ names and Medicare reimburseme …"