Allscripts agrees to $145 million HIPAA, kickbacks settlement

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions on Thursday announced it had reached an tentative settlement with the Justice Department to resolve investigations of a company the electronic health records vendor acquired last year.

Practice Fusion, which AllScripts acquired in 2018, had been subpoenaed over “certain business practices” including the company’s compliance with the anti-kickback statute and HIPAA. If finalized, Allscripts will pay the Justice Department $145 million to resolve possible civil and criminal liability from the investigation.

The investigation also involved how the vendor obtained software certification under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s health IT certification program.

“The main focus has been on actions that occurred prior to our ownership, and thus, we were highly motivated to reach an accord with the DOJ as soon as possible so that we could put this chapter behind us,” Allscripts President Rick Poulton said.

Poulton said the company would work with the DOJ to finalize the details of the settlement over the following months.

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