Office of Inspector General August 8, 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Medicare and State Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Safe Harbors for Certain Electronic Prescribing and Electronic Health Records Arrangements Under the Anti-Kickback Statute
Document Number: 06-6666
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Inspector General Office, Health and Human Services Department, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
As required by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), Public Law 108-173, this final rule establishes a new safe harbor under the Federal anti-kickback statute for certain arrangements involving the provision of electronic prescribing technology. Specifically, the safe harbor would protect certain arrangements involving hospitals, group practices, and prescription drug plan (PDP) sponsors and Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations that provide to specified recipients certain nonmonetary remuneration in the form of hardware, software, or information technology and training services necessary and used solely to receive and transmit electronic prescription information. In addition, in accordance with section 1128B(b)(3)(E) of the Social Security Act (the Act), this final rule creates a separate new safe harbor for certain arrangements involving the provision of nonmonetary remuneration in the form of electronic health records software or information technology and training services necessary and used predominantly to create, maintain, transmit, or receive electronic health records.