WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has reached a $57.25 million settlement with a Florida electronic health records (EHR) software developer who is accused of violating the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
The settlement resolves DOJ allegations that Greenway Health LLC falsely represented that its EHR product, "Prime Suite," had certification when it actually did not meet certification requirements. Greenway's product also falsely logged patient's electronic prescription information because it did not incorporate correct clinical terminology. The incorrect data led to false claims being sent to the government by users, according to the department. The DOJ also alleges Greenway provided "unlawful remuneration to users" to entice users to make recommendations of the product.
“Electronic health records are critically important to the health care decision process, and both patients and providers rely on these technologies to safely and accurately record and transmit vital health information,” Civil Division Assistant attorney general Jody Hunt said in a statement. “This resolution demonstrates our continued commitment to pursue EHR vendors who misrepresent the capabilities of their products, and our determination to promote public health while holding accountable those who seek to abuse the government’s trust.”
The settlement includes Greenway entering into a five-year corporate integrity agreement (CIA), giving notice to its customers and providing an option for customers to have their data transferred to another EHR software vendor without penalties, the department said.