[Federal Register: May 7, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 88)]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Office of the Secretary
45 CFR Part 142
National Standard Health Care Provider Identifier
AGENCY: Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), HHS.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: This rule proposes a standard for a national health care provider identifier and requirements concerning its use by health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers. The health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers would use the identifier, among other uses, in connection with certain electronic transactions.
The use of this identifier would improve the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and other Federal health programs and private health programs, and the effectiveness and efficiency of the health care industry in general, by simplifying the administration of the system and enabling the efficient electronic transmission of certain health information. It would implement some of the requirements of the Administrative Simplification subtitle of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
DATES: Comments will be considered if we receive them at the appropriate address, as provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on July 6, 1998.
ADDRESSES: Mail written comments (1 original and 3 copies) to the following address:
Health Care Financing Administration,
Department of Health and Human Services,
P.O. Box 26585
Baltimore, MD 21207-0519.
If you prefer, you may deliver your written comments (1 original and 3 copies) to one of the following addresses:
Room 309-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building,
200 Independence Avenue, SW.,
Washington, DC 20201, or
7500 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.
Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following e-mail address: NPI@osaspe.dhhs.gov. E-mail comments should include the full name, postal address, and affiliation (if applicable) of the sender and must be submitted to the referenced address to be considered. All comments should be incorporated in the e-mail message because we may not be able to access attachments.
Because of staffing and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. In commenting, please refer to file code HCFA-0045-P and the specific section or sections of the proposed rule. Both electronic and written comments received by the time and date indicated above will be available for public inspection as they are received, generally beginning approximately 3 weeks after publication of a document, in Room 309-G of the Department's offices at 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, on Monday through Friday of each week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (phone: (202) 690-7890). Electronic and legible written comments will also be posted, along with this proposed rule, at the following web site: http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp/.
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