Electronic health records should help facilitate more accurate billing but, when misused, may actually promote fraud. However, depending on your perspective, EHRs are either the cause or the cure for fraudulent activity.

In a semi-annual report to Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General highlights the potential for EHR use to lead to Medicare fraud and abuse. Although EHR technology may make it easier to commit fraud, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its contractors have not adjusted their practices for identifying and investigating such fraud, according to OIG.

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