Feds Push Electronic Healthcare Records Despite High Fraud Risk

Doctors and hospitals are being rewarded for moving to electronic health records, even though they can increase the chances of fraud, USA Today reports.

Medical professionals eventually will be punished if they fail to convert to electronic files; their Medicare payments will be reduced.

But electronic records actually make it easier for health care providers to defraud the federal government, because the auditing safeguards intended to prevent fraud either aren’t in place in many hospitals or can easily be corrupted.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services doesn’t even require that healthcare systems keep their audit systems turned on, making them vulnerable to false information, USA Today reported.