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HHS audit finds Medicare made $729.4M in erroneous payments

Medicare improperly paid approximately $729.4 million in electronic health record incentive payments to doctors and other health professionals who did not comply with federal requirements, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General concluded in an audit.

The review covered electronic health record incentive payments totaling $6.09 billion that Medicare made to 250,470 eligible professionals from May 2011 to June 2014.

Among other things, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did not adequately review the documentation of health professionals' self-attestations and incorrectly paid those who switched between incentive programs for Medicaid and Medicare.