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Phoenix VA hospital missed care for 1,700 vets
By Associated Press | May 28, 2014
About 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off the official waiting list at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital, the Veterans Affairs watchdog said Wednesday in a scathing report that increases pressure on Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.
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AHIMA calls for strict health record cut-and-paste parameters
By Joseph Conn | April 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The common but sometimes controversial practice of copying and pasting information from a patient's earlier electronic health record into a new one is permissible only “in the presence of strong technical and administrative controls,” according to a just-released position statement by...
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Holder urges treatment to combat drug overdoses
By Steven Ross Johnson | March 10, 2014
Terming the growing rise in overdose deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers an “urgent public health crisis,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called for interventions that included both law enforcement and treatment.
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Healthcare fraud investigations recover $4.3B in FY 2013
By Paul Demko | February 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government recovered $4.3 billion through healthcare fraud investigations in fiscal 2013, according to a report released Wednesday by HHS and the Department of Justice. That's up from $4.2 billion in recovered assets during the prior year.
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Healthcare fraud cases hit high last year, report says
By Associated Press | January 16, 2014
Federal prosecutors filed a record number of healthcare fraud cases last fiscal year, perhaps reflecting the greater emphasis the government has placed on combatting the crime costing taxpayers billions of dollars per year.
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OIG report suggests 'best practices' to help prevent EHR fraud
By Joseph Conn | January 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal watchdog says the CMS and its Medicare contractors could do more to ensure providers don't use electronic health-record systems as a means to fraudulent ends. The 17-page report by HHS' Office of the Inspector General is the latest salvo in a running debate between federal regulators on...
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White House pushing healthcare security measures
By Jesse J. Holland and Kelli Kennedy / Associated Press | September 18, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration is planning a high-level effort to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information submitted under the new healthcare law, hoping to blunt complaints from Republican opponents that enough isn't being done to protect consumer data.
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HHS auditors target upcoding of Medicare bills via EHRs
By Rich Daly | July 19, 2013
The Obama administration is conducting targeted audits of hospitals to find possible upcoding of medical services related to use of electronic health records.
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89 charged in Medicare fraud busts
By Associated Press | May 14, 2013
Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive bust spanning eight cities, federal authorities said Tuesday.
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Docs press AMA to 'educate' feds on EHR use
By Joseph Conn | May 13, 2013
The New Jersey delegation to the American Medical Association's House of Delegates meeting next month wants the AMA to “educate” the CMS that the appropriate use of templates and cutting and pasting within an electronic health-record system is not tantamount to fraud.
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