February 20, 2019
In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) pressed the agency for an update on their recovery of improper electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments. He requested a response by February 19. This is the second time Senator Grassley has reached out to CMS regarding a June 2017 finding from the Office of the Inspector General, which estimated that CMS inappropriately paid more than $729 million to health professionals and hospitals that did not meet meaningful use requirements between May 2011 and June 2014.
In response to the previous inquiry, CMS Administrator Seema Verma indicated that the agency was conducting audits. In recent comments regarding the latest query, Administrator Verma indicated that CMS is monitoring the situation.
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