Bloomberg Law
Jan. 27, 2020, 11:57 PMUpdated: Jan. 28, 2020, 3:41 PM

Tech Developer to Pay $145 Million Over Opioid Kickback Scheme (1)

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown
Staff Correspondent

A California-based health information technology developer will pay $145 million to settle allegations that it received kickbacks in a scheme that led to increased prescribing of opioids, the Department of Justice said.

The agreement, announced Monday, represents “the first ever criminal action against” a developer of electronic health records, federal prosecutors said.

Practice Fusion admitted that it accepted kickbacks from an opioid maker and other pharmaceutical companies in return for using its electronic health records system to influence physician prescribing of opioids, the DOJ said in a statement.

The company entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and will pay more ...

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