Fact Sheet: HHS Proposes HIPAA Standard for a Unique Health Plan Identifier

 HHS proposes to adopt an “other entity identifier” under HIPAA.

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A proposed rule announced today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would establish a unique health plan identifier (HPID) under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) standards for electronic health care transactions.  Further, the rule would adopt a data element that will serve as an “other entity” identifier (OEID) for entities that are not health plans, health care providers, or individuals, but that need to be identified in standard transactions.   The rule proposes an addition to the National Provider Identifier (NPI) requirements.   Finally, the proposed rule would delay by one year, until Oct. 1, 2014, the date by which covered entities must comply with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).

Link http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/factsheet.asp?Counter=4332

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