CMS and OIG Propose Changes to the Electronic Health Records Exception and Safe Harbor

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On April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) published parallel proposed rules revising, respectively, the Stark exception and Anti-Kickback safe harbor concerning electronic health record (“EHR”) items and services. Highlights of the proposed rules include:

Sunset Provision. The EHR exception and safe harbor are scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2013. The proposed rules seek to extend the sunset provision to December 31, 2016.

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