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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Computerized medical records were supposed to cut costs. Now the Obama administration is warning hospitals that might be tempted to use the technology for gaming the system.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder issued the warning Monday in a letter to hospital trade associations, following media reports of alleged irregularities.

The letter said there were indications that some providers were using computerized records technology to possibly obtain payments to which they were not entitled. The letter raised the threat of prosecution.

Among the practices under scrutiny is what's called "upcoding" -- or raising the severity of a patient's condition to get more money.

Medicare has new power to stop payments to providers under suspicion of fraud.

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