Joe White, the former CFO of Shelby Regional Medical Center, recently pleaded guilty to making a false statement to Medicare on meaningful use. He faces up to five years in prison.
White was the top lieutenant for Tariq Mahmood, M.D., who ran a now-collapsed hospital chain that included Shelby. According to media reports, he rose from maintenance man to CFO under Mahmood. In 2012, he knowingly, falsely made a statement to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the chain had adopted EHRs under the regulations of the meaningful use program. Hospitals operated by Mahmood collected $16 million in incentives over a two-year period. Shelby received close to $1 million.
His case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Texas Office of the Attorney General—Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (OAG-MFCU), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Mahmood himself was found guilty of altering diagnoses to collect more from Medicare.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) received the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) annual Grace Award in recognition of its leadership in health information management.