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Medicare program; physicians referrals to health care entities with which they have financial relationships; exceptions for certain electronic prescribing and electronic health records arrangements. Final rule



Medicare program; physicians referrals to health care entities with which they have financial relationships; exceptions for certain electronic prescribing and electronic health records arrangements. Final rule



Federal Register 71(152): 45139-45171



As required by section 101 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), this final rule creates an exception to the physician self-referral prohibition in section 1877 of the Social Security Act (the Act) for certain arrangements in which a physician receives compensation in the form of items or services (not including cash or cash equivalents) ("nonmonetary remuneration"') that is necessary and used solely to receive and transmit electronic prescription information. In addition, using our separate legal authority under section 1877(b)(4) of the Act, this rule creates a separate regulatory exception 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. These exceptions are consistent with the President's goal of achieving widespread adoption of interoperable electronic health records to improve the quality and efficiency of health care while maintaining the levels of security and privacy that consumers expect.

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