Hospitals request government help in curbing possible billing abuses

By Fred Schulte

Federal help sought to create billing guidelines and oversee electronic medical 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

Growth of electronic medical records eases path to inflated bills

By Fred Schulte

Billing software helps medical professionals document higher fees.

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'

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 "seizures":

"… In another instance in March 2009, an unattended patient suffered multiple seizures for hours after a computer failed to alert doctors the patient was moved f …"

Health information technology: Keep it simple

By Kimberly Leonard

Reports say systems must be understandable to avoid dangerous medical errors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… read use of electronic health records. The government will begin deducting Medicare payments from providers if they do not go digital by 2015.However, the mon …"

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 "Medicare":

"… als were included in the first batch to receive incentive payments through Medicare — payments that totaled $75 million. Those payments began during the two …"

"… two weeks following the launch of the program April 18 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The details of the initial batch were relea …"

"… ive software update.The incentive program, to be administered through both Medicare and Medicaid, is part of President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus …"

"… CMS spokesman said the agency has distributed nearly $400 million in both Medicare and Medicaid payments, and that by the end of the summer, that figure migh …"

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 "information technology":

"… “on what the federal agencies should do to maximize the safety of health information technology.” The nonprofit institute is part of the National Academies and conducts …"

"… mittee members — who range from doctors to patient safety specialists to information technology researchers — heard from a variety of experts both on how digital system …"

"… eeded.“There is a need for the basic science of safety of H.I.T. [health information technology],” said Peter Pronovost, medical director of the Center for Innovations …"

"… the FDA, which has received 370 reports of adverse events involving health information technology since January 2008, Jeffery Shuren, head of the agency’s Center for Devi …"

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 "Kathleen Sebelius":

"… are branches of the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is a key player in the administration’s health reform agenda.The same da …"

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 "health information technology":

"… t Investigative Fund identified 237 “adverse events” reports linked to health information technology — including accounts of 6 deaths and 43 injuries — that have been file …"

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 "seizures":

"… care to their ward. Left unattended during the night, the patient suffers seizures for hours.In December 2009, there’s a report of a software glitch that&n …"

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 "Kathleen Sebelius":

"… p;In a Feb. 24 letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Grassley added that he had been “surprised by the lack of discussion ab …"

FDA considers regulating safety of electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Reports of patient harm include six deaths in two years

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 "Senate Finance Committee":

"… flaws. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, is looking into complaints from patients, doctors and engineers “regard …"

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 "MELBOURNE":

"… nformation is most accurate, most dependable, and most efficient to use.” …"