HHS Publishes Regulatory Agenda

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HHS has released its semi-annual agenda outlining regulatory actions it plans to take, Health Data Management reports.

HHS in January 2007 plans to publish a notice explaining the information dissemination processes under the national provider identifier and any applicable charges for data. The notice, which will include a comment period, will outline the available data from the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System.

HHS in March 2007 plans to issue a proposed rule to modify HIPAA-mandated code sets and in June 2007 plans to propose streamlining the adoption process for modifying current electronic transactions and code sets, Health Data Management reports.

HHS in September 2005 issued a proposed rule to create an electronic standard format for electronic claims attachments. However, according to the semi-annual agenda, officials do not expect a final rule until September 2008.

HHS' semi-annual agenda also details forthcoming proposed rules from FDA regarding electronic submission of data from studies on medical devices, human drugs and biological products. The agenda does not mention the HIPAA-mandated proposed national health plan identifier (Health Data Management, 12/11).


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