While the advent of electronic medical records (EMR) was supposed to reduce costs,...

|By:, SA News Editor

While the advent of electronic medical records (EMR) was supposed to reduce costs, expenses have actually risen, the NYT has found. Hospitals that obtained government incentives to adopt EMRs received a 47% increase in Medicare payments at higher levels from 2006-2010, well above the 32% rise at hospitals that didn't receive the inducements. A main reason is that EMRs have made fraud easier to carry out.

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