Feds Plan New HIPAA Rules for Fall
Health Data Management (June 29, 2004)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expects in November to publish proposed rules for a national health payer identifier and a standardized claims attachment transaction format. Further, the centers expects in February 2005 to publish a proposed rule making periodic modifications to the HIPAA transactions and code sets rule, and to publish in September 2006 a “final action” rule mandating electronic submission of most Medicare claims. That rule would replace an interim final rule published in August 2003 that's now in effect. All the rules are authorized under the HIPAA administrative simplification provisions. Notice of the centers’ planned HIPAA rules was included in the Department of Health and Human Services’ semi-annual regulatory agenda, published June 28 in the Federal Register, available at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html. It should be noted that the November publication date is only a goal for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which has missed numerous self-imposed deadlines in the past for publishing HIPAA rules.

The centers, in discussing envisioned long-term actions in the semi-annual regulatory agenda, also expects to publish a rule in November 2006 to require home health agencies to electronically report OASIS data.

Further, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing to require clinical study data to be submitted in standard, electronic formats, but the date for publishing a proposed rule has not been determined.

Posted to HIPAAcomply 6/29/04