Special Fraud Alert: Physician-Owned Entities
This document sets forth a correction to the OIG Federal Register notice published on March 29, 2012 (78 FR 19271), on our recently issued Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Entities. Specifically, the Special Fraud Alert addressed physician-owned entities that derive revenue from selling, or arranging for the sale of, implantable medical devices ordered by their physician-owners for use in procedures the physician-owners perform on their own patients at hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers. An inadvertent error appeared in the DATES caption of that document regarding the effective date. Accordingly, we are removing the language regarding the effective date to ensure technical correctness of the document.
Medicare and State Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Electronic Health Records Safe Harbor Under the Anti-Kickback Statute
In this proposed rule, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) proposes to amend the safe harbor regulation concerning electronic health records items and services, which defines certain conduct that is protected from liability under the Federal anti-kickback statute in the Social Security Act (the Act). The proposed amendments include an update to the provision under which electronic health records software is deemed interoperable; removal of the electronic prescribing capability requirement; and extension of the sunset provision. In addition, OIG is requesting public comment on other changes it is considering.