Today HHS published a request for public comments regarding the health plan identifier (HPID), including the requirements regarding health plan enumeration, and the requirement to use the HPID in electronic health care transactions. Specifically, HHS is seeking information regarding the following:

  • The HPID enumeration structure outlined in the September 5, 2012 HPID final rule, including the use of the controlling health plans/subhealth plans and optional other entity identifier (OEID) concepts.
  • The use of the HPID in HIPAA transactions in conjunction with the Payer ID.
  • Whether changes to the nation's health care system since the issuance of the HPID final rule, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Marketplaces, have altered perspectives about the function of the HPID.

Comments will be accepted until July 28, 2015.