Allscripts has tentative agreement with DOJ to pay $145 million to settle investigation in Practice Fusion kickback issues

Allscripts has come a tentative agreement with the Department of Justice to pay $145 million to settle an investigation into Practice Fusion’s compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute and HIPAA alleged violations. Practice Fusion, is an electronic health records company owned by Allscripts and it got a grand jury subpoena in March as part of a government criminal investigation. The subpoena sought information and documents about the certification Practice Fusion obtained for its health IT software in connection with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program overseen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Practice Fusion has since been rebranded as Veradigm with a focus on the payer and life sciences markets.

After Allscripts acquired Practice Fusion, the DOJ investigations continued to expand and required expanding levels of resources from the company to support, Poulton said.

In May 2017, Massachusetts-based eClinicalWorks agreed to pay $155 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by falsely claiming its software met Meaningful Use requirements.