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OIG Recommends Quality Payment Program Management Changes

December 19, 2017 - A follow-up investigation of Quality Payment Program (QPP) management by CMS conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) yielded two recommendations to improve program implementation and integrity. OIG first conducted a review of CMS’s management of QPP in 2016. During this initial review, OIG recommended CMS provide guidance and technical assistance to prepare clinicians...

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OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic...

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...

CO Health Insurance Exchange Struggled in Establishment Grants

by Kate Monica

Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange instituted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts, received three establishment grants collectively amounting to 183.7 million on December 31, 2014,...

OIG Early Implementation Review Enforces Payment Reforms

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an early implementation review of CMS’s management of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to pinpoint milestones, priorities, and challenges related to QPP implementation and overall...

OIG Tackled EHR Contingency Plans, Payments in 2016

by Sara Heath

Late last week, the Office of Inspector General issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, touching on findings from its EHR contingency plan and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment audits from earlier this year. The report, which...

Health IT Use, Data Exchange Top 2017 Challenges for HHS

by Sara Heath

Health IT use and data exchange are top challenges for HHS in the upcoming year, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. The annual report, which names the top management and performance issues the agency will...

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...



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