When CMS published a final rule that outlined specifics around HPID, it caused quite an uproar in the industry. While CMS thought they were being pretty specific in the rule around a myriad of scenarios, it raised far more questions than it did provided answers. CMS put HPID on hiatus for a bit considering this mass confusion in from all sides of healthcare.
Late last week, CMS formally announced a Request for Information (RFI) for HPID. From the press release:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a Request for Information (RFI) on the Health Plan Identifier (HPID). The intent is to collect perspectives from all segments of the industry on the current HPID policy in order to determine future policy directions.
This RFI seeks information from the health care industry about:
The HPID enumeration structure outlined in the HPID final rule, including the use of the controlling health plan (CHP)/subhealth plan (SHP) and other entity identifier (OEID) concepts.
The use of the HPID in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transactions in conjunction with the Payer ID.
Whether changes to the nation’s health care system, since the issuance of the HPID final rule published September 5, 2012, have altered your perspectives about the function of the HPID.
What are your thoughts?