The state of Texas has made incorrect Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments to hospitals totaling $15.3 million, according to a recently released report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.
A whopping $31.3 billion in incentive payments have been made to providers pursuant to the Meaningful Use program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's latest report, which includes data through July 2015.
The Affordable Care Act and the move from volume-based to value-based care was supposed to transform how the industry paid providers. But little has changed, according to a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine,
Former hospital chief financial officer Joe White has been ordered to pay $4.4 million in restitution after pleading guilty in November to making a false statement to the government about Meaningful Use attestation.
If insurers implemented a new pay-for-performance approach, they could help motivate more doctors caring for disadvantaged patients to sign up for the payment model.
The number of providers attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014 remains lackluster, with 43,898 eligible professionals (EPs) and 1,903 eligible hospitals (EHs) attesting for the 2014 reporting period, as of Nov. 1, despite the fact that there are now more than 500,000 active registrants signed up for the Meaningful Use program, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Of those attesters, just 11,478 EPs and 840 EHs attested to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.
I can't help but feel sorry for Drew Memorial Hospital, which failed a Medicare Meaningful Use audit and is being asked by CMS to return its incentive payment for that year in the amount of $904,000.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking Monticello, Arkansas-based Drew Memorial Hospital to return more than $900,000 in Medicare Meaningful Use incentive payments after a post-payment audit found that the facility failed one of the 19 measures of Stage 1 of Meaningful Use.
Once again, the Meaningful Use program is suffering from a disconnect between aspiration and reality. This time it's patient engagement.
While the majority of eligible hospitals and eligible professionals have attested to Stage 1 of Meaningful Use, only 447 EPs and eight EHs have attested to Stage 2 in 2014, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported at the June 10 Health IT Policy Committee meeting.