USA: EHR MU Payments and Telehealth—Hope Higher Scrutiny In Future Medicare Audits
The United States Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General ("OIG") disclosed the 2 new Work Plan items regarded to digital health in July 2017: first, a review of Medicare incentive payments for meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHRs) ; and second, telehealth reimbursement’s review under the Medicare Part B
The precision of $14.6 billion in meaningful use payments is made to hospitals by Medicare will be reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General between the time period of 2011 and 2016. The OIG estimated physicians were inaccurately paid $729 million under meaningful use (MU) earlier this year.
As the word got out that the U.S. Department of Justice has settled a False Claims Act case with eClinicalWorks, the customers of company started inquiring whether they might have to pay back incentives for which they utilized the EHR vendor’s software to attest to meaningful use (MU) criteria.
The AHA (American Hospital Association) is calling on the agency to further decrease the regulatory burdens on hospitals and health systems by cancelling Stage 3 of the meaningful use (MU) program, in reaction to the CMS’ (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) appeal for data on CMS flexibilities and efficiencies.
The EHRs (Electronic Health Records) Incentive Program run by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) garnered attention again previous week following the issue of a report by the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) explaining incorrect payments to physicians under the program. On the heels of a high-profile settlement, the report follows under the False Claims Act between the US Department of Justice and an EHR vendor regarded to certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) used in the EHR Incentive Program.
$729.4 million has been paid by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in improper incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who didn’t meet Meaningful Use requirements, in accordance with a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services.
eClinicalWorks (ECW), Massachusetts-based electronic health records (EHR) vendor, and several of its workers will pay almost $155 million to settle allegations that it breached federal law by misrepresenting its software’s capabilities and paying kickbacks to customers. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) declared the settlement with ECW, one of the greatest EHR vendors in the U.S., on the day of May 31.
eClinicalWorks agrees to pay $155M to resolve suit alleging it faked MU certification
EHRs (Electronic health records) vendor eClinicalWorks has accepted to pay $155 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit that blamed it provided consumers kickbacks for publicly promoting its products.
Dover’s Union Hospital and Cleveland Clinic System have agreed to sign a letter of intent signaling the hospital will merge with the renowned health network.
IMO Awarded Patent for Unique Industry-leading Medical Terminology Management Solution
IMO (Intelligent Medical Objects), developer of the most-immensely used and physician-preferred terminology service for EHRs (electronic health records) systems, has been granted a patent for its unique method and system for concept-based terminology management that simplifies clinical coding and permits healthcare providers to rapidly respond to regulatory changes. As a significant provider of medical terminology content and services supporting clinical workflow, IMO is committed to giving clinicians the solutions they require to easily recognize and use precise medical terminology at the point-of-care.