AHA urges CMS to seek provider input on HIPAA NPI process
AHA (June 21, 2004)

In comments submitted June 21, the AHA urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to seek ongoing input from health care providers as it develops and implements the enumeration process for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's National Provider Identifier standard, not solely after the process has been developed. "Provider input will help ensure that the systems developed will facilitate, and not hinder, providers' efforts to obtain an NPI," wrote Melinda Hatton, AHA vice president and chief Washington counsel. In addition, she said CMS should coordinate with providers on "a rational plan to systematize the enumeration process" to prevent a last-minute glut of applications and ensure "opportunities to reduce the burdens and improve the efficiency of the enumeration process are fully explored." The comment letter will be available soon at http://www.aha.org/aha/key_issues/hipaa/jsp/whatsnew.jsp.

Posted to HIPAAcomply 6/24/04