OIG surveying certain hospitals about EHR systems

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Hospitals that have received Medicare incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records have been asked by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services to complete a survey aimed at "identifying fraud and abuse vulnerabilities in electronic health record (EHR) systems." The OIG letter went to all hospitals that received an incentive payment between Jan. 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012, directed specifically to the CEO's or administrator's office. The letter requests that responses be submitted by Oct. 26. The OIG will use the information from the survey as part of a report expected out next year. OIG staff have informed the AHA that hospitals may take additional time to respond to the survey if needed. In addition, OIG will allow a health system to complete a single response for all facilities, where the survey responses would be the same for each entity in the system. Health systems that choose to submit a single response for all their facilities should contact Kim Yates at kim.yates@oig.hhs.gov prior to completing the survey to ensure that OIG properly accounts for their system-level response. AHA urges hospitals that respond to the OIG survey to e-mail a copy of their responses to the association at oigsurvey@aha.org.

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