Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General believes 12 percent of $6 billion are in error and CMS should seek recovery.
The incentive program was created under 2009’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). CMS began issuing the incentive payments in 2011.
“CMS conducted minimal documentation reviews, leaving the self-attestations of the EHR program vulnerable to abuse and misuse of Federal funds,” read the report.
OIG’s review examined $6 billion in EHR incentive payments that Medicare made to more than 250,000 eligible professionals from May, 2011 through June, 2014. Read more in HealthLeaders Media
Read the 29 page report by the Office of the Inspector General