CMS Too Lax On E-Records Program, HHS' OIG Cautions

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 6:00 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general warned Thursday that the electronic health records incentive program could be open to fraud since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services didn't independently verify that providers met “meaningful use” standards before granting payments.

“CMS has not implemented strong prepayment safeguards. CMS does not verify the accuracy of professionals’ and hospitals’ self-reported information prior to payment because data necessary for verifications are not readily available,” the Office of the Inspector General said in a report....
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