Inventory of Health Care Information Standards. Employers

01/01/1997

2.1 Unique Identifier Standards for Employers:

None Exists

2.2 Unique Identifier Options for Employers:

2.1.1. PAYERID

I. Description of Standard

The PAYERID has a nine numeric digit identifier which includes a 6-digit base number, a 2-digit suffix and a check digit. For those plans and employers requiring many different numbers the ID is issued as a 6-digit base number, a 2-digit suffix and a check digit. For those not requiring different numbers, it is issued in the form of one or more 8-digit numbers with a check-digit. The PAYERID was planned a national identification system to facilitate health care claims. In view of the HIPAA 1996 Legislation, HCFA will be proposing PAYERID as the standard health identifier for both health plans and employers.

II. Readiness of Standard

HCFA's Schedule for implementing PAYERID is listed below.

Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) February '97

Voluntary use of PAYERID for Medicare Claims April '97

Publish Final Regulation July '97

Require for Medicare January '98

Require for Industry July '99

III. Contact for more information:

Robert Moore

HCFA

7500 Security Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21244

IV. Indicators of Market Acceptance

N/A

V. Identifiable costs: N/A