HCTAA Submits Comments to the Office of the Inspector General on Safe Harbor Provisions
April 29, 2013 04:49 PM
The Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) recently submitted comments to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding the solicitation of new safe harbors and special fraud alerts with respect to home health and hospice agencies and their ability to share information and their use of information technology. HCTAA is an affiliate of NAHC, and was founded in 2005 to support initiatives that encourage the use of health information technology in the home care setting.
The HCTAA comments emphasize that:
In most cases, the delivery of quality home health care and hospice services is very dependent upon the collaboration and exchange of health information across the continuum of care with our physician partners and with hospital systems. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the Office of Inspector General (OIG) consider extending safe harbor provisions to protect the ability home health care and hospice providers to receive donations by hospitals of electronic health records software or information technology and training services.
HCTAA go on to state:
HCTAA/NAHC also advocates that EHR Safe Harbor provisions that cover electronic health records items and services could cover other providers, such and home health care and hospice agencies, to encourage donation of EHR technologies by hospitals or other groups…[O]ur primary concern is to strengthen the relationships of home health care agencies to be able to both receive technologies from hospitals and other groups as well as to provide EHR technologies and services to physician partners under the EHR Safe Harbor provision.
To read the full comments submitted to OIG, please click here.