Hospitals request government help in curbing possible billing abuses

By Fred Schulte

Federal help sought to create billing guidelines and oversee electronic medical records

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

"… ,” Umbdenstock wrote.The industry has come under fire in the wake of the Center for Public Integrity’s “Cracking the Codes” series, which found that thousands of medical …"

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

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 "Peoria":

"… Northern Illinois in January 2007. He alleges Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., where he worked for six years, installed a McKesson Corporation dig …"

Report says a quarter of hospitalized Medicare patients got improper treatment

By Alexandra Duszak

Report says a quarter of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries suffered 'adverse events'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Donald Berwick":

"… alth care system than in the arena of patient safety,” CMS Administrator Donald Berwick wrote in response to the inspector general’s report.In response to multi …"

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 "Chuck Grassley":

"… slow that I don’t think they would be suited to do it.”Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, said the new repor …"

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 "National Taxpayers Union":

"… n without the adoption of the HITECH Act.”Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union, said he thought the stimulus program was designed more for speed than eff …"

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 "Coordinator":

"… eads the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “But we still have to be wary and att …"

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 "medical director":

"… these problems,” said Robert B. Elson, a Cleveland consultant and former medical director for a digital records manufacturer. “It’s mind-boggling how little inn …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "heart attack":

"… dispense 10 times the prescribed dose of a drug. Result: The patient has a heart attack.Another time, a computer fails to alert doctors and nurses when a patient …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "hurt":

"… to patients is minimal because most mistakes are caught before anyone gets hurt.The proposed database could help designers work out software bugs before t …"

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 "Food and Drug Administration":

"… ncern over safety risks posed by health information technology has led the Food and Drug Administration to step up scrutiny of the products, including digital medical records sys …"

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

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive vice president":

"… imit innovation and responsiveness when it is needed most,” Carl Dvorak, executive vice president of Epic Systems Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that builds the sys …"

Switch to electronic records getting mixed reviews at hospitals and clinics

By Fred Schulte

Scattered reports of software glitches that caused risk to patients

Government orders Columbia to tell patients 'true nature' of drug study

By Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee

Officials say research may have caused harm to people who had heart surgery

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… he matter to the federal Office of Human Research Protections, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The letter, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, affirmed the …"

The story behind fatal care

By Bill Birnbauer

MELBOURNE, Australia, August 1, 2000 — Our high noon began on an ordinary morning at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. As the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Professor":

"… witnesses. We had two: the dean of health sciences at La Trobe University, Professor Stephen Duckett, and myself.One of the network’s first witnesses was Dr …"

"… it would damage the reputation of hospitals.And that as well as attacks on Professor Duckett was pretty much the basis of the evidence that would be provided b …"

"… ed with this information, the hospital’s director of infectious disease, Professor Lindsay Grayson, conceded, “There is no avoiding the fact the rates here …"

"… ge of performance indicators would be published. This followed a report by Professor Duckett, our witness at the VCAT battle field.The series, I believe, had t …"