OIG Report Details Health IT Challenges for HHS in FY 2014
November 19, 2014 in News
HHS’ Office of Inspector General in a recent annual report identified the top management and performance challenges the agency faced in fiscal year 2014 and will continue to face in FY 2015, including some related to health IT, Health Data Management reports.
HHS OIG auditors compiled a list of the top ten challenges for the agency in FY 2014 (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 11/19).
The report includes information on why the issues present a challenge for HHS, assessments on what progress has been made on the issues so far and suggestions on what can be done to address the issues going forward.
The health IT related challenges detailed in the report are:
- Bolstering IT security for HHS’ financial management systems;
- Guaranteeing the safety of medical devices, prescription drugs and food (HHS OIG report, 2014);
- Implementing, operating and supervising the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act, which were listed as the top challenges facing HHS (Health Data Management, 11/19);
- Improving oversight of Medicaid payments and services by creating a national Medicaid database (HHS OIG report, 2014);
- Promoting the meaningful use program and secure exchange of electronic health data (Health Data Management, 11/19); and
- Reducing improper Medicare payments, particularly as providers transition to new ICD-10 code sets (HHS OIG report, 2014).
The auditors wrote in the report that the “challenges reflect continuing vulnerabilities that OIG has identified for HHS over recent years, as well as new and emerging issues that HHS will face in the coming year” (Health Data Management, 11/19).