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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coordinator":

"… control and billing integrity. The administration’s Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which is spearheading the drive, declin …"

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 "Coordinator":

"… eports of patient harm began to emerge, the federal Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for health IT asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) a year ago to es …"

"… ommittee ruled out other agencies — including the Office of the National Coordinator, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healt …"

"… publicly register and list their products with the Office of the National Coordinator. …"

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 "Texas":

"… e IT personnel help.Dr. Luis Calo, who has a family practice in Harlingen, Texas, told a different sort of story. When he started his new practice in late …"

"… he waiting room, and helping patient progress.Andy Wilson, a spokesman for Texas Health Resources, said electronic health records have reduced the provider …"

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 "patient safety":

"… s concluded that electronic health systems strongly and materially improve patient safety. And we believe that in spreading electronic health records we are going t …"

"… and nurses were able to rely on backup systems.“We are not aware of any patient safety or quality of care issues caused by this event,” he said. Still, he said …"

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 "Food and Drug Administration":

"… ing the safety of these products, agency data and audits show.Instead, the Food and Drug Administration depends on a spotty warning system that can take a year to flag serious co …"

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 "physician":

"… of tracking the safety of health information technology.Justin Starren, a physician who oversees technology at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, lays out th …"

"… le delays and omissions,” stated the report.Most of the reports filed by physicians alleged malfunctions or poor designs of Cerner's CPOE equipment. One …"

"… that CPOE can significantly reduce medication errors that stem from sloppy physician handwriting on prescriptions. Yet others have found that CPOE can also cre …"

"… flood doctors with warning alerts that are of no consequence, leading many physicians to habitually ignore them – a syndrome so commonplace it even has a nam …"

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 "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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Food and Drug Administration":

"… ation’s campaign to reform health care. Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed that potential safety risks from health information technology …"

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 "Food and Drug Administration":

"… ed about potential safety risks in health information technology, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be moving closer to regulating the systems for the first time. In …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… 15, 2000, shortly before he was discharged on his way to a nursing home, a physician wrote a terse final diagnosis in his chart: “Medical disaster.”Patient …"

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 "Hospital":

"… Box Hill, Maroondah, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and the Eye and Ear Hospital which with others admitted more than 150,000 patients a year. The group’ …"

"… ted in our receiving a new batch of documents which showed that the Alfred Hospital had continued using potentially dangerous medical equipment despite a pati …"