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BEST PRACTICES TO MODIFY ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS WHILE MAINTAINING RECORD INTEGRITY

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The HITECH Act of 2009 offered financial rewards to encourage the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). To further encourage acquisition of a particular EHR system, vendors had incorporated convenience features, such as cloning and auto-fill. Some vendors touted that certain convenience features ensured compliance with documentation standards to support higher reimbursement. In 2015, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported that EHR convenience features were jeopardizing patient record integrity and leading to fraudulent claims for higher reimbursement.