We don’t have a lot of details on this one as the hospital states they can’t comment on pending legal actions here but we do know that NextGen was given an extension of 3 additional months from the agreed due data and that was not met. This mean, “no meaningful use” attestation for now and no incentive, that much we do know.
The hospital did spend over $400,000 with NextGen for the system and it will cost the hospital money with less reimbursements with Medicare. NextGen has been around for a long time and one of the long established companies in the business. They were around years ago when I was developing my short lives EMR. Quality Systems in Irvine, California owns NextGen. In May of 2013 the company reported a loss.
In addition here’s a couple of acquisitions made by the company in the last couple of years.
NextGen Systems (Quality Systems, Inc.) Acquires Opus Healthcare Solutions – Inpatient and Ambulatory Services
White Sulphur Springs’ hospital, the Mountainview Medical Center, is suing a health record system company, saying it didn’t install $441,000 in electronic equipment as promised.
In documents filed in U.S. District Court last week, attorneys for the hospital say that on Sept. 28, 2012, the hospital contracted with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems of Texas to install a certified health record system by June 1, 2013. These types of systems are mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
“The system to be installed was to be one which would permit MVMC to demonstrate ‘meaningful use’ of such electronic health records through all stages of applicable federal regulations,” according to the lawsuit.