New HIPAA Regulations Published

Three new regulations concerning HIPAA standards were published on May 31 in the Federal Register. They are:

1. A final rule adopting a standard for a National Employer Identifier. This standard will be the Employer Identifier Number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The final rule can be viewed at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-13616-filed.pdf

2. A proposed rule retracting the adoption of the NDC code as the standard code for drugs (except for retail pharmacy transactions, where it will stay). This proposed rule can be viewed at:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-13614-filed.pdf

Comments on this rule can be sent electronically to cms0003@cms.hhs.gov. The comment period closes on July 1.

3. A proposed rule adopting the addenda to the HIPAA implementation guides, developed by the DSMOs, to be part of the HIPAA transaction standards. This proposed rule can be viewed at:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-13615-filed.pdf

Comments on this rule can be sent electronically to cms0005@cms.hhs.gov. The comment period closed on July 1.