The American Hospital Association has responded to a Sept. 24 letter that the Department of Health and Human Services and Attorney General sent to five hospital associations warning about the use of electronic health records to “game” the billing system and commit fraud. Following is AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock’s response letter on Sept. 24 to the federal agencies:

“America’s hospitals take seriously their obligation to properly bill for the services they provide to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Hospitals have a longstanding commitment to compliance, establishing programs and committing resources to ensure that they receive only the payment to which they are entitled. We agree that the alleged practices described in your letter, such as the so-called ‘cloning’ of medical records and ‘upcoding’ of the intensity of care, should not be tolerated.

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