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November 03, 2014 | Leave a Comment
The Health Plan Identifier (HPID) is a standard, unique health plan identifier required by the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The initial deadline for controlling health plans to obtain an HPID was Nov. 5, 2014, although small health plans had an additional year, until Nov. 5, 2015, to comply.
On Oct. 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that enforcement of the HPID requirement is delayed until further notice. This delay applies to the requirement to obtain an HPID and the requirement to use the HPID in HIPAA transactions. This delay impacts all HIPAA Covered Entities, including healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses.