CMS, OIG Extend EHR Protections for Hospitals
April 10—Proposed rules issued Tuesday would extend federal regulatory protections for hospitals that donate hardware, software, or services to help physicians achieve meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Currently, the “safe harbor” protections are set to expire at the end of this year; under the proposed rules, the protections would be extended through 2016.
Also, software would be considered as interoperable and permissible for donation under the proposed rules if the software meets any edition of the EHR certification criteria applicable when the software is donated. The proposed rules were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) and will be published in the Federal Register, with comments accepted for 60 days.
Publication Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013