Federal audit reveals EHR ‘cut-and-paste’ fraud vulnerabilities

A federal audit released today concluded that a lack of tight controls over electronic health records makes it easier to commit fraud.The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) said some EHR documentation features can result in “poor data quality or fraud.”Auditors administered an online questionnaire to 864 hospitals and conducted onsite structured interviews with hospital staff, including a demonstration of EHR technology at eight hospitals. Their goal was to determine how hospitals that received EHR Medicare incentive payments had implemented fraud safeguards recommended by RTI (Read more...)

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