On Monday, December 23, 2013, the Office of the Inspector General extended the safe harbor under the Medicare and Medicaid anti-kickback law for the donation of electronic medical records through December 31, 2021, but specifically excluded donations by laboratory companies. The government defined laboratory companies as including providers of both anatomic pathology and clinical laboratory services. It is anticipated that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will issue a comparable extension of the Stark exception for EMR donations.
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