The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has indefinitely delayed enforcement of the HIPAA-mandated health plan identifier (HPID) and other entity identifier (OEID), development of which has already languished for many years.

The delay applies to all HIPAA covered entities including providers, insurers and claims clearinghouses. CMS is taking the action following recommendations from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, an advisory body, that the HPID is no longer needed as another standard has taken its place.

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