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More Robust Clinical Documentation through EHR Use: Technological Efficiencies or Fraud?


Monday, February 4, 2013

This webinar is brought to you by the Health Information and Technology Practice Group, and is co-sponsored by the Fraud and Abuse  Practice Groups.


The federal government has recently identified concerns that providers may be using electronic hospital records (EHRs) to engage in fraud and abuse of federal healthcare programs. Specific concerns cited include the use of EHR to intentionally upcode and the "cloning" of medical record documentation, among others. At the same time, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS') EHR "Meaningful Use" Incentive Program, eligible professionals and hospitals are embracing the use of EHR and other technologies to improve the accuracy and completeness of clinical documentation, and this improved documentation may enable providers to capture additional, appropriate revenue for necessary services they are providing. Is the receipt of such revenue fair game or fraud? Where should the line be drawn, and how should providers respond to this dilemma? Join us to hear from a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services official responsible for program integrity, a fraud and abuse lawyer, and a billing compliance professional about the fraud and abuse risks presented and the safeguards to consider when using health information technology for health record documentation purposes.




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