Federal prosecutors in Vermont say an electronic health records company will pay more than $57 million to settle allegations that it falsely claimed its p[roduct met government stanards and certification.
Greenway Health LLC, a Florida-based company, caused users of its Prime Suite software to submit false claims to the government.
“That software is used to communicate the details of your medical history, your prescription history both to other doctors and to pharmacies,” said Vermont’s U.S Attorney Christina Nolan.
Doctors are encouraged to use electronic healthcare record software, or EHR. But the software must meet certain criteria and be certified by the US. Department of Health and Human Services.
According to Nolan, Greenway “cheated on the test” by falsifiying its certification. As a result, DHHS paid out some $28 million to settle false claims.
In a statement, Greenway Health said the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing and that all of it’s products are certified. “This agreement allows us to focus on innovation while collaborating with our customers to improve the delivery of healthcare and the health of our communities,” the company said.
Nolan said no criminal charges are expected.
The University of Vermont Health Network said none of its providers in New York or Vermont use the Greenway software.
Doctors will be able to get a new version of Prime Suite that meets the DHS certification criteria or can switch to a new EHR software at no charge.
These cases are important, not only to prevent theft of taxpayer dollars, but to ensure that the promise of health technology is realized in the form of improved patient safety and efficient healthcare information flow,” Nolan said.