1. HHS Considers Changes to HPID Rule - Seeks Comments

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering changes to its health plan identifier (HPID) rule. HHS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on how the identifiers' use in healthcare transactions has changed since health plans began using them in 2012, and whether the identifiers still have value. Although they are not currently required to do so, covered entities will be required to include the HPID in HIPAA transactions starting November 7, 2016.  Comments are due July 28, 2015.

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  2. NCPDP Contracts with Bloomberg Government (BGOV) to Enhance Federal Policy Coverage for Rx Reconn Subscribers

    Now more than ever, NCPDP members need to be in the know about what is happening in our industry at the legislative level.  In 2014, NCPDP tracked 1,920 legislative bills and 967 regulations spanning 34 issue topics through RxReconn, NCPDP’s legislative and regulatory tracking tool.

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  3. HHS Publishes Proposed Rules on Meaningful Use

    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released two highly anticipated proposed rules relating to Meaningful Use:

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  4. HHS announces proposed rules to support the path to nationwide interoperability

    Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria rules proposed
     
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the release of the Stage 3 notice of proposed rulemaking for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria to improve the way electronic health information is shared and ultimately improve the way care is delivered and experienced. Read more.

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  5. New York ePrescribing Mandate Delayed One Year

    New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed legislation, SB 2486, late last week effectively postponing a law that would have mandated prescribers use ePrescribing for all prescriptions for one year.  The provision was part of the I-STOP prescription-drug program adopted in 2012.  The mandate, which is intended to crack down on fraud and abuse of prescription drugs, will now take effect March 27, 2016.

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