More EHR audits to come in 2015

November 6, 2014 in Medical Technology


  • Identify EHR system fraud and determine “how certified EHR systems address these vulnerabilities.”
  • Review Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive payments and ascertain if providers or hospitals received payments they should not have received.
  • Analyze the IT security of community health centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.  
  • Review the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services health information technology systems and verify the agency adopted necessary security controls to protect EHR data. 

OIG has already demonstrated its commitment to EHR audits. Just this September, the office found the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services wrongly claimed EHR incentive payments. The OIG audit discovered the state agency was overpaid 13 hospitals $3.1 million in federal EHR cash. The payment errors, as officials pointed out, were due to unclear and incorrect patient volume calculations. Some 80 percent of the state’s hospitals analyzed in the audit failed to comply with federal regulations or guidance. 

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