Facing heavy pressure from industry, HHS rescinds health plan identifier
November 13, 2019
The Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated the need for health plans to use a standard unique health plan identifier, effective December 27.
The use of the health plan identifier (HPID) was required in an HHS final rule in 2012 but has never been enforced. Instead, health plans have voluntarily adopted payer IDs based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners identifier.
Charles Stellar, president and CEO of WEDI—a national group supporting the use of health IT to create efficiencies in information exchange—says WEDI, along with other healthcare industry stakeholders, have played a significant role in guiding “HPID implementation planning.”
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