Jun 12, 2017

Medicare's $729 million electronic health record mistake

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — the federal agency that oversees government health care programs — mistakenly paid out $729 million over three years to doctors and other medical professionals who transitioned to electronic health records but didn't meet specific guidelines, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The inspector general told the CMS to recoup the erroneous payments.

Why it matters: The federal government has invested a lot of time and money to switch the health care system from paper medical records to electronic ones. But the audit suggests that officials have not paid enough attention to making sure doctors and hospitals have the right systems in place — and wasted a lot of taxpayer dollars in the process.

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The renaissance of the American family

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It used to be scarce and hard-earned, but suddenly family time is abundant in the era of shelter-in-place.

Why it matters: For the first time since the early 19th century, many parents and kids — and even grandchildren — are all under the same roof round-the-clock. And if past periods of emergency are any guide, this enforced togetherness could deepen our relationships for years to come.

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Biden says he's starting VP search this month

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Joe Biden said he's spoken to Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama about selecting a running mate — and that he wants to build "a bench of younger, really qualified people" who can lead the nation over the course of the next four presidential cycles.

Driving the news: Biden spoke about the state of the 2020 race during a virtual fundraiser on Friday night that was opened to pooled coverage.

Trump ousting intelligence community inspector general

Michael Atkinson, inspector general of the intelligence community. Photo: Bill Clark / Getty Images

President Trump notified key lawmakers on Friday that he’s firing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, who first alerted Congress last September of an "urgent" complaint from an official involving Trump's correspondence with the Ukrainian president.

Why it matters: The move, to take effect in 30 days, comes amid a broader initiative to purge the administration of officials seen as disloyal to the president.