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 "Health":

"… ent, wrote in a letter dated Nov. 12. The letter was sent to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric H …"

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 "Technology":

"… , the Obama administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said in an interview Monday afternoon that his policy-setting committee o …"

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 "Health":

"… er Trussell, who directs the investigations unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. “We are all excited abo …"

"… e more diligently would justify higher codes and fees. The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an advocate for pressing ahead with electronic h …"

"… he administration of President George W. Bush. In July 2005, the American Health Information Management Association identified an “unintended incentive f …"

"… ch was commissioned by HHS officials. Two months later, a second American Health Information Management Association panel stated that “without a delibera …"

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 "Medicaid":

"… cognized Joint Commission or demonstrate to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that they are in compliance with a list of 23 Medicare cond …"

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 …"

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

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 "David Blumenthal":

"… pics.The directive came Tuesday from the government’s top e-health czar, David Blumenthal, during the first public meeting of an IOM committee tasked by Blumenthal …"

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 "Washington":

"… he healthcare system,” Blumenthal said when unveiling new regulations in Washington on July 13.In public remarks that day, Blumenthal said he “expects” an …"

"… and other federal health officials unveiled their digital records plan in Washington, an obscure government agency held a conference less than 20 miles away in …"

"… .Others said that despite the rosy view taken by many political figures in Washington, many systems on the market today aren’t designed in ways that prevent a …"

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 "X-ray":

"… s for the GE Centricity PACS RA1000 Workstation, a device that stores X-ray images. Just after the inspection, GE Healthcare sent letters to its custo …"

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 "David Blumenthal":

"… one well, they are wonderful; done poorly they can kill people,” he said.David Blumenthal, who oversees stimulus payouts as the government’s national coordinator …"

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 "X-ray":

"… logy workstation became “extremely slow, delaying procedures and causing X-ray techs to subject patients to repeat X-rays.” The cause was determined to …"

"… delaying procedures and causing X-ray techs to subject patients to repeat X-rays.” The cause was determined to be a software glitch that happened when t …"

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 "president":

"… , no single person spoke for the industry. But Carl Dvorak, executive vice president of Epic Systems Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that builds the sys …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… t,” Carl Dvorak, executive vice president of Epic Systems Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that builds the systems mainly for hospitals and large medic …"

Switch to electronic records getting mixed reviews at hospitals and clinics

By Fred Schulte

Scattered reports of software glitches that caused risk to patients

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coordinator":

"… of the stimulus bill, Congress directed Blumenthal’s Office of National Coordinator within the Department of Health and Human Services to set standards for ha …"

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

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 "Health":

"… luential Health care provider, the $640 million-a-year Inner & Eastern Health Care Network. They had gathered to fight the release of documents which, i …"

"… ged a Freedom of Information request for similar information and the state Health Department provided me outside of the FoI process – with death rates for …"

"… ups were upset when the key findings were tabled in Parliament by the then Health Minister, Dr Carmen Lawrence, in June, 1995 – months before they were du …"

"… issue.The reaction to our FOI requestAt the time, the Inner & Eastern Health Care Network had both power and influence. Its hospitals included the Alfr …"