Phillips & Cohen partner Colette Matzzie spoke with FierceHealthcare about why we can expect to see more whistleblower lawsuits against electronic health records vendors.
EHR developers could be staring down some of the same allegations that federal prosecutors levied against eClinicalWorks involving hard-coding drug codes and flaws in the software that impact patient safety. There are also potential concerns surrounding payments made to promote EHR software that could violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.
“Those are out there,” Colette G. Matzzie, an attorney with Phillips & Cohen LLP that represented the whistleblower in the case against eClinicalWorks, told FierceHealthcare.
“I think the issues that were identified in both the government’s complaint and the corporate integrity agreement that eClinicalWorks signed are potentially issues with a number of the other vendors as well,” she added.