The Department of Health and Human Services’ was warned by their OIG back in 2013 about not having enough security measures in place to prevent health record fraud.

But despite these warnings in December 2013, the HHS still has not adequately tackled the issue of hospitals failing to employ safeguards and prevent electronic health record fraud and abuse via recommended tools already in place, OIG says.

Former hospital chief financial officer Joe White, was ordered to pay $4.4 million in restitution after being indicted in February 2014 and charged with making false statements to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. White directed the EHR vendor and employees to manually input data into the EHR, often months after patients were discharged and after the fiscal year ended.

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