OIG Report Calls for Greater Oversight of Home Health Face-to-Face Requirement

A recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for Health and Human Services (HHS), is calling upon CMS to increase scrutiny of home health claims – specifically the required face-to-face documentation.  According to a report released April 9, 2014 on the OIG’s website, 32 percent of 644 randomly selected home health claims reviewed did not have documentation meeting the Medicare requirements for a face-to-face visit.  The OIG alleged that the insufficient documentation amounted to 2 billion dollars worth… Read More >

CMS Releases EHR Stage 2 Meaningful Use Calculator

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a calculator for providers to measure whether they can meet the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.  Similar to the HIPAA Security Risk  Assessment Tool which was released on March 28, CMS cautions that the Meaningful Use Calculator is a guide of whether or not the program’s Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements are being met by a provider but does not serve as an attestation and does not guarantee the… Read More >

Electronic Prescribing and Physician Quality Reporting Programs See Increased Participation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported a marked increase by providers in participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program.   The CMS press release on the recently released report shows a 22% increase from 2011 to 2012 in the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program and a 36% increase for the same time period for PQRS. The Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program incentive payments ended in 2013, and 2014 is the last year payment adjustments… Read More >

AHIMA Releases Position Statement on the Use of Copy-And-Paste Functions in Electronic Health Records

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently released its position statement on the use of copy-and-paste functionality in electronic health records (EHR).  AHIMA concluded that the use of copy-and-paste functions in EHRs can result in “redundant, erroneous, and/or incomprehensible health record documentation” and that misuse of copy-and-paste can contribute to issues related to quality of care, patient safety, document integrity and fraud and abuse allegations. AHIMA’s position does not call for an outright elimination of copy-and-paste functionality within EHR… Read More >