Whistleblowers allege Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems submitted hundreds of millions of dollars in false claims to HHS for federal incentive payments through CMS’ promoting interoperability program for EHRs, according to court documents unsealed March 14 in Miami.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges CHS filed false claims under the program, receiving more than $450 million in incentive payments between 2012 and 2015, according to the legal documents. The two plaintiffs are former CHS employees who worked for the health system from January 2009 to December 2016 and March 2012 to December 2016, respectively.
In a statement emailed to Becker’s Hospital Review, CHS Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Tomi Galin said the health system found the allegations were “without merit,” and CHS “has complete confidence that all of it’s meaningful use attestations have been accurate.”
“Despite insinuations to the contrary in the litigation, we are unaware of any instances of patient harm,” Ms. Galin said. “As an organization, we are devoted to patient safety and have always prioritized the quality of care provided in our hospitals as our most important responsibility.”Read more here.