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Meaningful Use Investigation Centers on Community Health Systems

August 13, 2018 - Community Health Systems (CHS) is currently in the midst of a civil investigation into its ability to fulfill requirements of the meaningful use program, according to details contained within the health system’s Form 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Tennessee-based health system spans 20 states and includes 118 hospitals. The SEC filing for the...


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Congress Urges CMS to Lower MIPS Exclusion Thresholds

by Kate Monica

Five members of Congress encouraged CMS to lower the exclusion thresholds in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to enable more clinicians to participate in the program in a July 3 letter to CMS Administrator Seema...

CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Changes to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As part of an effort to overhaul the EHR Incentive Programs, CMS is renaming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability.” The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance...

DOJ Recovered $2.4B in Healthcare False Claims Act Cases in 2017

by Kate Monica

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered approximately $2.4 billion from healthcare False Claims Act cases in 2017, according to an announcement by the federal agency this month. In total, DOJ recovered $3.7 billion in settlements and...

Cancer Practice to Pay $26M for False Meaningful Use Attestations

by Kate Monica

21st Century Oncology reached a settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that the healthcare organization submitted false or inflated meaningful use attestations. The $26 million settlement will also resolve...

HITECH Directly Responsible for Hospital EHR Adoption Spike

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein and Ashish K. Jha found HITECH to be primarily responsible for significant increases in hospital EHR adoption rates, suggesting the law should serve as a model for ways to influence technology...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the...

Senate Requests Return of $729.4M in Overpaid EHR Incentives

by Kate Monica

Members of the Senate recently issued a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting that the federal agency recover approximately $729.4 million in overpaid EHR incentive payments. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Charles...

OIG Estimates $729.4M in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

by Kate Monica

CMS overpaid an estimated $729.4 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who failed to meet meaningful use requirements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced. In a report published...

eClinicalWorks Settlement Likely to Unsettle Provider Partners

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The recent $155-million settlement between the federal government and eClinicalWorks sent reverberations throughout the healthcare industry and raised concerns about the capabilities of even certified EHR technology. If one of the more...

OIG to Continue EHR Incentive Program Payment Audits in 2017

by Sara Heath

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) will continue to monitor and regulate payments issued through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in 2017, according to the agency’s recently published Work Plan. Spending nearly...

Virginia Overpays $38,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentives

by Sara Heath

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has paid nearly $38,000 in overpayments for the state Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report...

NY Pays $175,000 in Incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment

by Sara Heath

The New York State Department of Health made incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments totaling $175,000, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report shows that the state agency issued $588,899,058...

California Overpays $23.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The California Department of Health Care Services issued a total of nearly $23.2 million in overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, reports the Office of Inspector General. According to the OIG report, the state agency made...

Washington Overpaid $9.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The state of Washington made overpayments to 19 hospitals participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between Oct. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2015, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Over that time...

Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments Trouble Two More States

by Sara Heath

Two more states have issued overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, according to two separate reports from the Office of Inspector General. OIG found that both Ohio and Oklahoma did not follow federal protocol for calculating...

West Virginia Overpays $296K in EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The West Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services overpaid nearly $296,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments, according to a new Office of the Inspector General report. OIG conducted this audit by identifying five West...

New Jersey Overpays $2.3M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The New Jersey Department of Human Services made overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program of nearly $2.3 million, according to an Office of the Inspector General report. According to OIG, the state made EHR incentive payments...

Arizona Overpays $14M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

A new report from the Office of the Inspector General shows that Arizona may have made significant overpayments for its Medicaid EHR Incentive Program totaling to $14,830,859. According to the report, Arizona has been making both over...

Has Adoption of Certified EHR Technology Trapped Docs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent editorial published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the journal's editor-in-chief and practicing neurologist Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD, has criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for...

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