Doctor – “The eMR Made Me Do It?”

Podiatrist Disciplined for Inaccurate eHR Records

Source: James T. Mulder: The Post-Standard [1/21/11]

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What

The state Education Department has taken disciplinary action against a Liverpool foot doctor charged with professional misconduct.

Who

Dr. Bryan Gregory Popovici, a podiatrist, was fined $2,500 and placed on probation for two years by the state Education Department. Popovici admitted in a signed consent agreement that he failed to keep accurate patient records.

Why

The state said Popovici failed to document diagnostics performed, whether treatment options were discussed with a patient, and his rationale for placing a patient in a hard cast rather than a soft cast. 

The Defense

Meghann N. Roehl, Popovici’s attorney, said the problems stemmed from Popovici’s new electronic medical record system. “Dr. Popovici was an early adopter of electronic medical records,” Roehl said. “The earlier versions had software glitches which he is working hard to correct.”

Editor’s Note: The potential for increased liability because of eMR use has been discussed elsewhere on this ME-P.

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e-Filing Tax Season is Now Open

About IR-20 11-5

By Children’s Home Society of Florida Foundation

In a flurry of information letters, the IRS just announced that e-Filing is now open. According to IR-2011-5, the benefit of e-filing is that any taxpayer may receive faster refunds and ensure that their tax return is accurately reported.

The Commissioner Speaks

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman stated, “IRS e-File is the best option for everyone, especially for people impacted by recent tax law changes. e-File ensures people can file accurately and get refunds quickly. With a new legislative e-File mandate for tax preparers, we anticipate that more tax return preparers will be using e-File this year and we urge people who prepare their own taxes to give it a try.”

Methods of Filing

The e-Filing may be accomplished through three different methods. Tax return preparers may e-File, commercial software may offer the option or there is IRS Free File. The Free File program is available on www.irs.gov. Taxpayers should click on “Free File” and will be permitted to access tax software to prepare their returns. Free File is available for taxpayers with 2010 adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less.

In the view of the IRS, Free File is “perfect for first-time filers, families looking to save money or older Americans adept at using the Internet.”

e-Signature Needed

Those who file electronically will also need an electronic signature. The electronic signature requires a five-digit personal identification number (PIN). There are three ways to obtain your PIN.

1. Self Select – You may use your tax software and select your own five-digit PIN. If you used a PIN in 2009, you may use that number. Alternatively, you may enter your adjusted gross income from your 2009 return to obtain your PIN. The PIN can be a five-digit number, but may not be all zeros.

2. Practitioner PIN – If you are using a paid tax preparer, you may sign IRS Form 8879 and authorize your paid preparer to generate your five-digit PIN. The paid preparer will retain Form 8879, but will not mail it to the IRS.

3. IRS Issue of PIN – If you do not know your 2009 adjusted gross income or your 2009 PIN, the IRS will request a temporary Form 8879(EFP). The Electronic Filing PIN may be obtained using your tax preparation software or through http://www.irs.gov. With the Electronic Filing PIN you may complete your electronic signature.

Military

If your spouse is a military person serving in a combat zone, you are permitted to use the self-select PIN. You will need to obtain IRS Form 8453, attach a Power of Attorney and mail it to the IRS.

Assessment

This program may also be ideal for FAs, medical students, interns, residents, fellows, nurses, new practitioners and all allied medical professionals who qualify.

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