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Even more proof health records need to go digital

Vox, July 10, 2014

In recent years, policymakers have raised alarm bells that digitizing health records would lead to rampant fraud and abuse. A 2009 law created incentives for hospitals to move from paper to electronic health records. The digital systems, critics warned, could make it easier for doctors and hospitals to "upcode", billing insurers for more intensive — and more expensive — care than was actually provided. Turns out, those fears may be overblown: a new study published in Health Affairs, the adoption of EHRs was not associated with patients being billed as "sicker", or with higher payments to Medicare.