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Electronic Health Records Provider Athena Settles Kickback Lawsuit for $18M

Electronic health records (EHR) provider Athena has agreed to pay $18.25 million to settle claims the company was involved in an illegal kickback scheme. 

Athenahealth Inc., an EHR vendor based in Watertown, Massachusetts, was accused of conducting kickback deals in order to promote the sale of athenaClinicals by whistleblowers.

AthenaClinicals a web-based EHR portal for accessing medical documentation, patient records, and exchanging data between care sites. The software is touted as a means for healthcare professionals to "focus on delivering care."

On Thursday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Athena's settlement will lay accusations of violating the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) to rest. 

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