The role EMRs played in this multimillion dollar false claims violation settlement

A Louisville, Ky.-based home care provider has admitted to Medicare fraud and knowingly submitting false claims to government healthcare programs, altering medical records to support those claims and providing medically unnecessary services, according to the Department of Justice.

In addition to submitting false billing claims and upcoding services, non-physician providers affiliated with MD2U Holding Company allegedly used an EMR "to easily electronically cut, copy and paste medical notes from prior visits" into later visits, making it appear as if they provided more services than they actually did. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges MD2U directed non-physician providers to change medical records after an encounter to show additional services were provided during that encounter.

MD2U Holding Company and its related companies and individually named owners have agreed to pay "millions" to settle allegations of false claims; specifically, they agreed to pay $3.3 million and a percentage of MD2U's net income over the next five years.

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