Audit Eyes CMS' Handling Of $30B Health E-Records Program

Law360, New York (April 30, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT) -- Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have taken important first steps to ensure health care providers benefiting from a $30 billion public investment in electronic medical records are actually eligible for the program and using it in valuable ways, but the agency should impose additional checks to prevent improper payments, a government report released Monday found.

After years of spotlighting the promise of digital records, lawmakers in 2009 ponied up $30 billion worth of incentive payments to encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt...
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