HHS Puts Rules on the Calendar
Health Data Management (December 14, 2004)

The Department of Health and Human Services expects in coming months to publish four HIPAA rules, according to its new semiannual regulatory agenda. The department also plans in the near future to publish a proposed rule to adopt initial standards for electronic prescribing under the Medicare Modernization Act.
The HIPAA rules in the pipeline are:

  • A proposed rule to establish standards for electronic claims attachments, scheduled for January 2005.
  • A proposed rule to enforce HIPAA’s administrative simplification provisions, scheduled for publication in February 2005.
  • A proposed rule to establish a national identifier for health plans, scheduled for April 2005.
  • A proposed rule to make periodic revisions to the transactions and code sets rule--which could include replacements for specific code sets--scheduled for June 2005.

It should be noted that HHS often fails to meet its own schedules for rules promulgation. Further, leadership changes at HHS could delay publication of rules as a new team gets acclimated to the department.

HHS on Dec. 13 published its semiannual regulatory agenda in the Federal Register, available at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

Posted to HIPAAcomply 12/15/04