Massachusetts overpaid hospitals for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program by $2.1 million over a two-year period from 2011 through the end of 2012, according to a new rep ort from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
As the editor of FierceEMR, I spend a lot of time reviewing the Meaningful Use program--and too often find problems with it. It's not that I'm going out of my way to criticize the program or the agencies that operate it, but unfortunately they make it all too easy. Still, there also are several reasons to be thankful for the program.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has taken yet another measure to throw a lifeline to providers struggling with Meaningful Use attestation, this time extending the attestation deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for the 2014 reporting year to Dec. 31, 2014.
Providers, apparently tired of waiting for vendors or the government to help foster data exchange, are taking matters into their own hands and designing their own solutions to achieve interoperability.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has updated its handbook on health information exchange assessment to help those involved in HIE development.
Patient portals being developed by health information exchanges so far have focused on helping providers attest to Meaningful Use, but must focus on the value to the patient to achieve widespread adoption, according to an article at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
While healthcare systems and general practitioners get much of the attention when it comes to undergoing Meaningful Use audits, radiologists should be prepared to come under the same scrutiny, as well.
Meaningful Use is supposed be, well, meaningful. But sometimes what's good in theory doesn't translate very well in practice.
Joe White, former chief financial officer at Tyler, Texas-based Shelby Regional Medical Center, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to making a false statement to the government in order to obtain incentive payments under the Medicare Meaning Use program.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has once again identified the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health information as one of the 10 biggest management and performance challenges facing HHS in the coming year, according to its latest report.