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Whistleblowers allege CHS received more than $400M for false claims

Joel Stinnett
Whistleblowers allege CHS received more than $400M for false claims

Two whistleblowers have accused Community Health Systems Inc. of submitting false claims to the federal government, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of payments to the Franklin-based company, according to a recently unsealed lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges false claims were made to the Department of Health and Human Services for payments through the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, also known as the meaningful use program. Passed in 2009, the meaningful use program is meant to encourage hospitals and physicians to adopt certified electronic health records and show they are “meaningfully using” the technology by meeting a number of objectives designed to improve patient care.