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Lawmaker urges extension of safe harbor for EHRs
Modern Healthcare

Normally, it would be illegal for a hospital to donate electronic medical-record software to an independent doctor who refers patients for treatment at the hospital. But federal officials created special rules to allow such transfers as a way to encourage healthcare providers to adopt the costly systems.

Those exceptions to the Stark law and the anti-kickback statute are due to expire at the end of the year, and observers say little is being done to renew them, even though federal subsidies for EHR systems are slated to continue via Medicare until 2016.

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