Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic

When the federal government began providing billions of dollars in incentives to push hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical and billing records, the goal was not only to improve efficiency and patient safety, but also to reduce health care costs.

But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs forMedicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.

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Source: The New York Times