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EHR Safe Harbor Extended to 2021

The federal government recently announced it will push the anti-kickback safe harbor that allows hospitals to provide physician practices with electronic health-record systems and training to operate them to 2021. Originally, the rule was set to expire December 31, 2013, but was changed under new rules from the HHS inspector general office and the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The extension is five years longer than HHS proposed in April. The final rules also specifically exclude laboratory companies from the "scope of protected donors," update provisions on interoperability, remove electronic-prescribing requirements and make clear that EHR donors cannot put limits on the use, compatibility and interoperability of their donated items or services.

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