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WEDI Releases Unique Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Survey for Industry Participation

August 26, 2014

Providers, health plans, self-insured plans, vendors and clearinghouses to submit responses before Sept. 5 

RESTON, Va. — August 26, 2014 — The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced the release of a survey to gather industry information relative to the potential use of the unique Health Plan Identifier (HPID) within electronic transactions adopted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

As an advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), WEDI brings to attention issues that warrant review and consideration and continually reports industry feedback through a series of periodic surveys. The results of this survey will be evaluated and presented to CMS, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), and will be shared with the healthcare industry as a whole.

“Information collected from WEDI’s surveys help our nation’s healthcare leaders determine where additional outreach and education is needed and help to shape future recommendations and messaging,” said WEDI President and CEO Devin Jopp, Ed.D. “This particular survey has been designed to evaluate the importance of the continued use of the Health Plan Identifier within healthcare.” 

Providers, health plans, self-insured plans, vendors and clearinghouses are invited to participate in this important initiative by accessing the survey here. The final submission deadline is 5 p.m. Central Time Friday September 5, 2014.

This survey is limited to questions on transaction use and does not address aspects of HPID such as enumeration, communication or dissemination of HPIDs. 

About WEDI

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.