Community Health Systems, one of the country’s largest for-profit health systems, uses three EHR networks across its 118 hospitals: Cerner, Medhost and an in-house system from Health Management Associates (HMA), a 70-hospital organization CHS acquired in 2014. They are also under investigation for incentive payments under the federal Meaningful Use program. This all started from the “2017 eClinicalWorks controversy” in which the EHR company paid out $155 million to DOJ following whistleblower allegations that it knowingly caused providers to submit fraudulent EHR incentive payments. The fear was this would spread to other hospitals and…it did.
Meaningful use and quality metrics were a joke from the beginning. It set up hospitals and doctors to game the system and that is what happened. Most docs just did what had to be done to get through the day and it wasn’t some grand corruption scheme. I get that. Others, like the big hospitals, just hired consultants and bought EHRs that taught and allowed them to pocket as much money as they could. I hope the innocent go free but I am sure there will be collateral damage. Let’s just hope the bad guys are caught. I won’t hold my breath, however.