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HMA Pays Back $31M

Health Management Associates (HMA), based in Naples, has filed a report with the SEC admitting that it collected more government funds for switching to electronic health records than it deserved. HMA is in the process of repaying $31 million to the federal government, as Tampa Bay Business Journal reports.

The trigger to receive the payments was that a hospital's electronic health records (EHR) system had to have achieved the point that it was meeting the definition of "meaningful use" in order to receive the money. Eleven HMA hospitals that were said to have met the standard did not meet it, the company said.

The hospitals were not identified in the SEC filing.

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