HHS watchdog to put EHRs, generic drugs, ACOs in its sights.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released its 2015 Work Plan Mid-Year Update for fiscal year (FY) 2015. If you haven’t at least given it a look, you should probably do so to be sure you aren’t missing out on some vital news.
The update “summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year and beyond,” according to the report.
Rundown: This edition of the Work Plan, effective as of May 2015, describes OIG audits, evaluations, and ongoing legal and investigative initiatives. “In “response to adjustments made to our Work Plan, this mid-year update removes items that have been completed, postponed, or canceled and includes new items that have been started since October 2014,” according to the report.
New areas: There are several new or updated topics in the update. For instance, OIG is focusing on certain accountable care organizations (ACO) that use electronic health records (EHR). “We will review the extent that providers participating in ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program use … EHRs … to exchange health information to achieve their care coordination goals,” according to the OIG report.
Other new items in the update that might be of interest include:
Best bet: You never know if the update will affect your practice — until you check it out for yourself at: http://oig.hhs.gov/reports-and-publications/archives/workplan/2015/WP-Update-2015.pdf.