The former chief financial officer of Shelby Regional Medical Center in Texas has pleaded guilty to falsely attesting for electronic health records meaningful use.
According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, Eastern District of Texas, Joe White, who oversaw implementation of the EHR, in November 2012 attested to the hospital achieving meaningful use when the system in fact did not meet the requirements. The hospital received a $785,655 incentive payment from Medicare, and White later was indicted in early 2014.
White also faced a charge of aggravated identity theft for using information from another individual while attesting. A spokesperson at the U.S. Attorneys office told the Tyler Morning Telegraph that the charge would be dropped as part of the plea agreement. White faces up to five years in prison.
Shelby Regional was part of a chain of six small hospitals owned by Tariq Mahmood, M.D., who has been convicted of multiple charges and fraud and identity theft. Most of the hospitals have closed, according to The Cameron Herald. Shelby Regional did not close and was leased to another entity, and now is known as Little River Healthcare-Cameron Hospital.
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