Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Changes to Deadlines for Stage Two: Meaningful Use in the
Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, incentive payments may be provided to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (“CAHs”) provided they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records (“EHR") under a three-stage process. Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Here Comes the Sun, Are You Prepared?:
Tips for Navigating the New Sunshine Provisions

The Sunshine Act was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) to reduce the risk that inappropriate financial incentives would interfere with medical judgment and patient care, by enhancing the transparency of financial relationships between certain healthcare providers (i.e., physicians and teaching hospitals) and manufacturers of covered drugs and devices.

Because these relationships are now being scrutinized more closely than ever, those involved in clinical research with manufacturers of drug and device companies may find the following general guidelines helpful in avoiding risks of non-compliance and other legal complications.