Federal Health IT Officials Outline Five-Year Plan

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The Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), recently released its 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for public comment. The 28-page plan outlines goals and objectives to ensure that patients have access to their electronic health information (EHR) that allows them to,…

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OIG Issues Advisory Opinion on Hospital Training Facility

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On January 13, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted an advisory opinion in which it approved a hospital’s request to provide discounted training to a fire department’s personnel at the hospital’s facility. The hospital asked the government watchdog whether such an arrangement would constitute grounds for the imposition of sanctions under the exclusion authority…

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Pharma Giant to Pay $54M to Settle Whistleblower Complaint

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Teva Pharmaceuticals earlier this month agreed to pay $54 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought against it by two former sales representatives. Charles Arnstein and Hossam Senousy filed suit against the Israeli-based pharmaceutical company alleging it paid speaker fees to neurologists for participation in “sham†speaker programs in exchange for their prescribing the multiple…

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