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Following $155M FCA Settlement, EHR Provider Hit with Class Action Suit

Posted  01/4/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Last May, eClinicalWorks (ECW) resolved allegations that it misrepresented the capabilities of its software when the EHR has being tested for CMS certification. Healthcare providers that use CMS-certified EHR software qualify for incentive payments from the agency. Instead of developing software that met the relevant requirements, ECW allegedly designed software to pass the certification requirements without actually meeting the certification criteria. For example, the...

December 12, 2017

Florida-based 21st Century Oncology Inc. agreed to pay $26 million to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act and the Stark Law through the company’s false attestation to the use of electronic health records software and through referrals from physicians with whom the company had improper financial relationships. DOJ

Oncology Clinic Settles FCA Suit for $26M

Posted  12/13/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Florida-based 21st Century Oncology Inc. and several of its subsidiaries have settled allegations regarding the practice’s use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) software. The settlement is a result of a self-disclosure of violations made under Medicare’s EHR incentive program. The incentive program allows healthcare providers that attest to meaningful use of their EHR programs to receive bonus payments as compared to providers who keep...

December 4, 2017

 On Monday, December 4, at 10:00 AM Eastern, Whistleblower Partner Mary Inman appeared as a special guest on RAC Monitor's "Monitor Monday" radio broadcast "Developing Story: Whistleblower Suit Targets 69 Indiana Hospitals for Alleged Overcharging for EHRs" to talk about a recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit alleging that CIOX Health and 69 Indiana hospitals misrepresented the speed at which CIOX’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) software worked in order to qualify for incentive payments from the Department of Health and Human Services.  To hear Mary's comments click here, forward to 21:36 (21 minutes, 36 seconds) into the attached broadcast.

November 13, 2017

On Monday, November 13, at 10:00 AM Eastern, Whistleblower Partner Mary Inman appeared as a special guest on RAC Monitor's "Monitor Monday" radio broadcast "Developing Stories on OPPS, OMHA and an Epic Lawsuit" to talk about a recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit alleging that Epic Systems’ Electronic Health Records (EHR) system caused hospitals to double-bill Medicare for anaesthesia services.  Click here to listen to the broadcast.

Healthcare Software Company Epic Systems Accused of Double Billing Government for Anesthesia

Posted  11/6/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Law360 reports on a newly unsealed False Claims Act lawsuit against healthcare software company Epic Systems alleging that Epic has systematically overbilled the government for anesthesia services. The complaint, filed on behalf of the United States by relator Geraldine Petrowski in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, alleges that Epic’s software charges both for the base units associated with...

May 31, 2017

Massachusetts-based eClinicalWorks, one of the country's largest vendors of electronic health records software, along with certain of its employees, agreed to pay $155 million to resolve charges the company violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting the capabilities of its software.  The company also allegedly paid kickbacks to certain customers in exchange for promoting its product.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Brendan Delaney, a software technician formerly employed by the New York City Division of Health Care Access and Improvement.  He will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $30 million from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ

Electronic Health Records Vendor Pays Big to Settle False Claims Act Charges

Posted  06/1/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Massachusetts-based eClinicalWorks, one of the country's largest vendors of electronic health records software, agreed to pay $155 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting the capabilities of its software and by paying kickbacks to certain customers in exchange for promoting the company's product. It is the largest False Claims Act settlement in the electronic health records industry. In addition...

“Meaningful Use” Meaningful Error: HHS OIG Finds over $11 Million in Incorrect EHR Incentive Payments

Posted  09/27/16
By Ronny Valdes  On September 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) released a report finding that Washington State made incorrect Medicaid incentive payments for the “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHR). The incentive payment structure was created by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) in 2009. This program allowed incentive payments to...

June 1, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Oppenheimer, former owner and CEO of Nashville drug testing laboratory Prost-Data, Inc. (d/b/a OURLab), OPKO Health, Inc., and OPKO Lab, have agreed to pay $9.35 million to resolve charges they violated the False Claims Act by providing illegal kickbacks in exchange for business.  According to the government, Dr. Oppenheimer and OURLab made donations toward electronic health records (EHR) systems purchased by their client physician practices that fell outside the restrictions set forth in the Anti-Kickback Statute EHR safe harbor and the Stark EHR exception.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former OURLab employee under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The whistleblower will receive a whistleblower award of $1.683 million from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (MDTE)
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