Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary: HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Standard Unique Health Identifier for Health Care Providers, GAO-04-428R, B-293600, February 4, 2004
B-293600, Feb 4, 2004
This is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on January 23. Enclosed is our assessment of the HHS's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. If you have any questions about this report. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is William Scanlon. The alternatives considered are described and their impacts on small entities. Small health plans are allowed 36 months. (iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.