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IRS trying to take incentive money from Joplin doctor who switched to electronic records early...

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The IRS tries to take back incentive money a local doctor received for switching to electronic medical records.

Dr. Edgar Conrad of Joplin is on his second audit from the IRS but it's not about billing Medicare or Medicaid patients.

It's about computerized records and incentives to go that route when he jumped on board early back in 2010, incentives the IRS paid and is threatening to take back now.

Dr. Conrad went to electronic record keeping almost two years ago to take advantage of government incentives.  The first year that was $18,000.  He uses a company called Aprima and Dr. Conrad says audits show they missed checking certain boxes on patient questionnaire's despite the information being available elsewhere in their reports.

"Never lost patient records, never violated, there's nothing that happened with our patients either records or quality of care, that's never been an issue with them," says Dr. Congra.  "It's a basically kind of silly questions like are you marking down what language they speak, what race they are."

Dr. Conrad says the IRS is holding up this year's bonus of $12,000, which he could use to pay for computer maintenance.

IRS officials declined to comment on Dr. Conrad's case citing taxpayer privacy laws.

Dr. Conrad says many more physicians could face similar struggles with the system even if they didn't get the incentives as all are required to go to electronic record keeping by January 1, 2014.

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