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OIG Releases Report on CMS Oversight of Medicare EHR Incentive Program

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report assessing the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) oversight of the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. The report found the program is vulnerable to paying incentives to professionals and hospitals that do not fully meet the meaningful use requirements. OIG recommended CMS conduct prepayment reviews to verify the accuracy of providers’ self-reported information. CMS disagrees, believing this step would increase the burden on professionals and hospitals and could delay incentive payments. OIG also recommended that CMS issue guidance with specific examples of documentation that professionals and hospitals should maintain to support their compliance. In addition, OIG made recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) on certification provisions to help ensure the integrity of Medicare EHR incentive payments. The full report is available for download at https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-11-00250.asp.

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