Industry experts are expecting that a two page memo from the Internal Revenue Service issued last month will encourage hospital systems to help fund electronic medical records technology to physician practices. Such donations were formerly not allowed.
Healthcare professionals sought clarification from the IRS after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued regulations allowing hospitals to provide software and services, within specific parameters, for staff physicians without violating federal "anti-kickback" laws.
Last month's IRS ruling is thought key in giving non-profit hospitals assurance that EMR donations would not jeopardize their tax-exempt status.
What do you think? Will the IRS ruling spur healthcare IT in physician practices, or is this really just a plastic carrot?
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