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OIG reports on EHR fraud vulnerabilities, safeguards

January 10, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should provide best practices and guidance to its contractors for detecting potential fraud associated with electronic health records (EHR), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommended in a Jan. 8 report. CMS also should direct its contractors to use EHR audit logs when reviewing medical records, OIG said. In the report, CMS said it agreed with the first recommendation and will develop appropriate guidelines.

For more, click on: http://tinyurl.com/p5kxkht.

In a report released last month, OIG said hospitals are employing many recommended safeguards against fraud in their EHRs. OIG looked at the extent to which hospitals that received EHR Medicare incentive payments between January 2011 and March 2012 implemented certain fraud safeguards recommended by RTI International, an Office of the National Coordinator contractor. For more, click on:
http://tinyurl.com/lkkgahc.