HHS has announced a new rule, eliminating several regulatory requirements related to HIPAA. Health plans are no longer required to obtain and use a health plan identifier (HPID) and eliminates the voluntary acquisition and use of the other entity identifier (OEID). The final rule also simplifies the process for deactivating the existing identifiers to minimize operational costs for covered entities.
On or after the effective date of this final rule, any active HPID or OEID will be automatically deactivated in the Health Plan and Other Entity Enumeration System (HPOES). If your organization has an HPID or OEID, please take action now to save any necessary information from those records. This rule will become effective 60 days after its publication date.