Tuomey Healthcare to pay $39.3M for Stark, False Claims violations; E-prescribing up, but challenges persist;

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> A federal jury yesterday declared Tuomey Healthcare System violated Stark Law and the False Claims Act, The Item reported. The South Carolina hospital must repay the $39.3 million it collected in fraudulent Medicare claims. Article

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> Leave it to a Bay Area university to be one of the first to create a Center for Digital Health Innovation, focusing on developing new technologies to aid the "transformation of healthcare delivery and discovery." Article

> More physicians than ever have embraced electronic prescribing, but the road to adoption still has some bumps in it, as indicated by Surescripts' newly released annual National Progress Report and Safe-Rx Rankings. Article

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