In letter to HHS, NCVHS underscores MGMA’s HIPAA testimony

02/28/2019 11:20 AM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

In a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) recommended new approaches to improve the adoption of national healthcare standards. The NCVHS, a federal body named in HIPAA as an HHS advisor, issued a number of recommendations: (i) remove the regulatory mandate for modifications to adopted standards and move towards industry-driven upgrades; (ii) promote and facilitate voluntary testing and use of new standards or emerging versions of transactions or operating rules; (iii) improve the visibility and impact of the administrative simplification enforcement program; and (iv) provide policy-related guidance from HHS regarding administrative standards adoption and enforcement. MGMA testified before the NCVHS in December and the letter closely aligns with the Association’s recommendations. HHS is expected to act on the NCVHS recommendations later this year. 

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