CMS extends Emergency Preparedness comments deadline; FBI reports big healthcare fraud bust;

News From Around The Web

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended the deadline for comments on its proposed Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers rule to March 31. Filing (.pdf)

> Some of the medication reconciliation information in Surescript's Medication History Acute and Medication History Ambulatory records contain inaccurate data related to prescription drug strength, which could cause patient safety problems, according to the National Alert NetworkReport (.pdf)

Health Payer News

> Law enforcement agents arrested 25 people in the Washington, D.C., region after investigations into Medicaid home healthcare billings. The arrests marked the largest healthcare fraud bust in D.C. history, with losses estimated at tens of millions of dollars, the FBI's Washington Field Office announced.  Article

Health IT News

> Nearly 50 of the nation's most influential provider organizations requested a front-end extension to Meaningful Use Stage 2 in a letter sent to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Article

> Federal officials are loath to make public promises about easing the burden of health IT regulations and programs--let alone to a room full of CIOs. But a glimmer of hope emerged during a keynote session yesterday's College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO Forum in Orlando preceding HIMSS14. Article

And finally… Undercover Congressman. Article