A report from the HHS Office of Inspective General finds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not verify the accuracy of providers’ self-reported compliance with electronic health records meaningful use requirements prior to issuing incentive payments.

CMS has paid nearly $8 billion under the EHR Incentive Program during 2011 and 2012, and is not required under law to verify accuracy of the information. However, verifying information prior to payment would strengthen the agency’s oversight of the meaningful use program and reduce the need to identify and recover erroneous payments that are made, OIG notes in a new report, “Early Assessment Finds that CMS Faces Obstacles in Overseeing the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.”

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