Tag Archives: Safe Harbor

OIG Extends Electronic Health Records AKS Safe Harbor

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has amended the Safe Harbor Regulation regarding electronic health record (EHR) items and services. The primary purpose of the amendment is to extend the Safe Harbor, which was scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013, until December 31, 2021. Obviously, congressional hopes that EHR would be fully implemented by … Continue Reading

Exclusive Contracts Raise Anti-Kickback Issues

A new OIG Advisory Opinion 13-15, the OIG has resurrected the issue of whether awarding exclusive contracts to hospital based providers involves remuneration in exchange for referrals, because it grants the opportunity for access to an income stream. In the text of OIG Advisory Opinion13-15, the OIG states as follows:  “The OIG has stated on … Continue Reading