When Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996, it saw “administrative simplification” as a general benefit and specifically called for the adoption of several national numerical identifiers as a way to boost efficiency, reduce waste and control costs throughout the healthcare system. One such identifier would be for health insurance plans.
But the latest results from a broad survey of healthcare industry professionals by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange show little enthusiasm for using unique health plan identifiers, or HPIDs. WEDI itself has criticized plans to use HPIDs.
The survey found that 15% of the 262 representatives of payers, third-party administrators, providers, software vendors and claims clearinghouses in the WEDI survey, conducted in August and September, found any value in HPIDs, scheduled to be implemented later this year.