Patient Safety Issues Highlighted in DOJ Settlement and Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report
As we know, the move away from fee for service reimbursement models is not only intended to reduce costs by no longer paying providers based on the volume of services performed, but is also intended to improve the overall value in healthcare delivery by improving quality, outcomes, collaboration across the continuum of care, patient engagement, and, of course, patient safety. Clinical care delivery has undergone substantial transformation over the last several years prompted by the value based reimbursement movement. We have seen a substantial uptick in telemedicine, an explosion of apps and wearables, as well as initiatives designed to support patients who wish to remain in their homes. Technology of course plays a key role in the transformation of healthcare.
The DOJ’s recent announcement of a settlement with eClinicalWorks (“eCW”) generated a lot of interest insofar as it addressed False Claims Act allegations against a vendor of electronic health records that caused providers to submit false claims for incentive payments as a result of