HMA Mistakenly Collected $31M in MU Incentives | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

HMA Mistakenly Collected $31M in MU Incentives

November 6, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

Health Management Associates (HMA), the Naples, Fla.-based operator of acute care hospitals primarily in non-urban America, will restate financial statements from 2010 through 2013 after an internal review discovered that 11 of its 71 hospitals inappropriately collected $31 million in benefits from the federal government's electronic health record (EHR) incentive program.

The payments were recognized by the hospitals as income between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013. In October 2013, the company determined that it had made an error in applying the requirements for certifying its EHR technology under these programs. The 11 hospitals it had enrolled in the healthcare information technology (HCIT) programs did not meet the meaningful use criteria necessary to qualify for HCIT payments. HMA intends to file the necessary amendments to its prior filings as soon as possible, its officials say.

Of the $31 million in payments HMA recognized as income, approximately $8.3 million was in 2011, approximately $17.3 million in 2012, and approximately $5.4 million in the first six months of 2013. As a result, HMA withdrew the 11 hospitals from the HCIT programs and has repaid the majority of the funds to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

HMA, which currently operates 71 hospitals in 15 states with approximately 11,000 licensed beds, is in the process of repaying the balance of the funds to the relevant state programs. It says it expects to re-enroll the hospitals in the HCIT programs and may be able to recoup some portion of the amounts repaid.

HMA says that, due solely to this matter, its financial statements and related communications for fiscal years 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013, and its annual 2013 guidance issued on July 30, 2013, should no longer be relied upon.

Get the latest information on Meaningful Use and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.