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CMS Made $93.6M in Incorrect Meaningful Use Payments, OIG Audit Reveals Print E-mail
Written by Rajiv Leventhal | Healthcare Innovation   
Friday, 27 December 2019 17:53

Over a four-year period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made an estimated $93.6 million in Meaningful Use (MU) incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not comply with federal requirements, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Going back several years, the federal government has made Medicare payments to acute care and critical access hospitals as an incentive for using electronic health records (EHRs). A prior OIG audit in 2017 revealed that CMS made an estimated $729 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not comply with federal Meaningful Use requirements. In addition, 17 prior OIG audits of Medicaid EHR incentive payments found that states overpaid hospitals by $66.7 million and would in the future overpay these hospitals an additional $13.3 million. According to OIG, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services(HHS), these overpayments resulted from inaccuracies in the hospitals' calculations of total incentive payments.

 


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