This is the portion of the impact analysis that relates specifically to the standard that is the subject of this regulation -- the health care provider identifier. This section describes specific impacts that relate to the provider identifiers. However, as we indicated in the introduction to this impact analysis, we do not intend to associate costs and savings to specific standards. In addition, this section assesses the relative cost impact of the various identifier options and implementation options set out in the regulation.
Although we cannot determine the specific economic impact of the standard being proposed in this rule (and individually each standard may not have a significant impact), the overall impact analysis makes clear that, collectively, all the standards will have a significant impact of over $100 million on the economy. Also, while each standard may not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities, the combined effects of all the proposed standards may have a significant effect on a substantial number of small entities. Therefore, the following impact analysis should be read in conjunction with the overall impact analysis.
In accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 12866, this proposed rule was reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.