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Sunday, November 4, 2012

HHS IG pledges focus on Medicare billing abuse involving electronic records

Inclusion in IG work plan for 2013 follows Center's 'Cracking the Codes' series

By Fred Schulte
The Center for Public Integrity
Originally published October 24, 2012

Federal officials will focus on possible Medicare overbilling by doctors and hospitals that use electronic medical records, a top government fraud investigator said  Wednesday, in announcing investigative priorities for the coming year.

“Electronic medical records can improve quality of care and efficiency and help us uncover cases of fraud and abuse. At the same time, we must guard against the use of electronic records to cover up crime,” said Daniel Levinson, the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, in a video presentation.

The video posted on the agency’s website on Wednesday summarized the inspector general’s “work plan,” for 2013, a listing of Medicare and Medicaid fraud fighting efforts the agency plans to emphasize.

The entire article is here.