July 11, 2014


Setting the Record Straight

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

Two reports this week set the record straight. First, there is no evidence that hospitals are “upcoding” with electronic health records to receive higher Medicare reimbursements, according to a study published in the July 8 issue of Health Affairs. Next, a Senate Special Committee on Aging report affirms what hospitals have long maintained: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services audits “may be duplicative,” and “contractor error rate reduction plans must be overseen more effectively by the CMS,” but that there’s lots of room for improvement. In a special committee roundtable after the report’s release, the AHA urged fast action on reforming the audits; see our new RAC issue brief. America’s hospitals stand by their record on both matters, and now the record is clear.

Thanks,
Rich

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