The U.S. attorney general and HHS secretary warned hospitals not to abuse electronic health records for gain. A blunt letter sent to five hospital associations listed possible abuses, including "upcoding" the intensity of care or cloning patient records to inflate reimbursement. "There are troubling indications that some providers are using this technology to game the system," the letter stated. "False documentation of care is not just bad patient care; it's illegal."

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