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WEDI Announces HIPAA Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Usage Survey Results

The nation’s leading non-profit authority on Information Technology usage in the U.S healthcare industry has announced the results of a recent survey conducted on the use of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) in electronic transactions under the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has now processed the responses from 262 participants from its recent survey, which was conducted between Aug 20 and Sept 5 of this year. Respondents included software vendors, providers, clearing houses, administrators and multiple stakeholders. The findings have been posted online and sent to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Key findings of the survey:

• The value of HPID use was only recognized by 15% of stakeholders
• Almost a quarter (24%) of respondents had no issues with the implementation of HPID alongside other mandates
• 39% of respondents are not able to predict the likely impact while 51% believe they will be impacted by an increase in granularity
• 55% of respondents agreed that HPID use within transactions will be “the same complexity or more complex” than implementation of the National Provider Identifier (NPI)
• The cost of implementation was expected to be less than $500,000 by just 30% of respondents
• 33% of respondents are unable to provide even an estimate of the expected cost
• 19% expected the cost of HPID implementation to be under $50,000
Privacy and security risks are expected to increase. Only 11% expected risk to be lower than the risk level under HIPAA legislation.

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Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.