Federal Register: June 11, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 111)
DOCID: fr11jn07-58 FR Doc E7-11207
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Inspector General Office, Health and Human Services Department
ACTION: Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank: Announcement of Proactive Disclosure Service Opening Date and User Fees
DATES: This fee will be effective June 11, 2007.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is announcing the availability of a Proactive Disclosure Service (PDS) Prototype for customers of the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). The PDS was developed for the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) in response to customers' interest in realtime monitoring of practitioner credentials. As a result of the technical interoperability of the NPDB and HIPDB, the PDS feature is also being made available to HIPDB customers.
Proactive Disclosure Service; opening date and user fees,
The PDS has been initially offered as a prototype to authorized NPDB entities, as set forth in a HRSA notice published in the Federal Register on March 7, 2007 (72 FR 10227). In accordance with implementation of the PDS prototype, authorized HIPDB customers can also now choose to enroll all of their practitioners, providers, and suppliers in PDS, or enroll some of their practitioners, providers, and suppliers while continuing to periodically query on others using the regular query methods. Customers with PDSenrolled subjects will be notified within one business day of the HIPDB's receipt of a report on any of their enrollees. While customers can expect to receive reports sooner with PDS, the format of and information contained in a report will remain the same.
The annual subscription fee during the prototype period will be $3.25 per practitioner, provider, or supplier. The rate is subject to change after the prototype period is complete. The query fee for periodic queries will continue to remain at $4.75 per name. PDS Enrollment Availability
The PDS prototype became available to NPDB queries effective April 30, 2007. An invitation to participate in this prototype was extended first to organizations that assisted HRSA with designing and pricing, which occurred between 2003 and 2005. All entities registered with the HIPDB and/or the NPDB have been invited to participate to meet a predetermined number for subjects to be monitored. Once this number is achieved, enrollment in the prototype will close. It is anticipated that the PDS prototype period will last approximately 18 to 24 months before it is opened to all authorized Data Bank entities.
User Fee Amount
An annual subscription fee of $3.25 per subject will be charged
upon enrollment. This fee includes the cost of an initial query, which
automatically will be incurred when a subject is first enrolled, and
all reports received on the enrolled subject over the course of the
oneyear subscription period. The fee was determined through economic
analysis of the average annual rate of queries performed by health care
entities in relationship to the current query fee that is based on the
actual cost for services. The Department will accept payment for the
subscription fee from entities via credit card or electronic funds
transfer. When the prototype period concludes, the Department may
change the subscription fee. Any changes will be announced through notice in the Federal Register.
Dated: May 14, 2007.
Daniel R. Levinson,
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Joel Schaer, OIG Office of External Affairs, (202) 6190089, or Mark Pincus, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, (301) 4432300.