Department of Health and Human Services


Subcommittee on Standards and Security

December 7 – 8, 2005

Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 705A
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20201

Meeting Synopsis

The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Standards and Security was convened on December 7 – 8, 2005 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC.  The meeting was open to the public and was broadcast live on the Internet.


Committee Members

Jeffrey S. Blair, M.B.A., Co-Chairman
Harry Reynolds, Co-Chairman
Simon P. Cohn, M.D.
Stan M. Huff, M.D.
Judith Warren, Ph.D., R.N.



Staff and Liaisons

Jorge Ferrer, MD, VA
J. Michael Fitzmaurice, Ph.D., AHRQ
Wanda Govan-Jenkins, NCHS/CDC
Marjorie Greenberg, NCHS/CDC, Executive Secretary
Deborah Jackson, NCHS
Randy Levin, M.D., FDA
Stanley Nachimson, CMS
Donna Pickett, NCHS/CDC
Marietta Squire, NCHS/CDC
Steven J. Steindel, Ph.D., CDC
Karen Trudel, CMS
Michelle Williamson, NCHS/CDC


Roger Blauwet, RxBC Coalition
Lynn Boyd, College of American Pathologists
Teri Byrne, RxHUB
Michael J. DeCarlo, BlueCross BlueShield Assn.
Marilyn Zigmund Luke, AHIP
Michele O’Connor, Initiate Systems
Dan Rode, AHIMA
George Robinson, Firstdatabank
Phillip A. Rothermich, Express Scripts
Jim Schuping, WEDI
Connie R. Sinclair, Point-of-Care Partners
Rachelle F. Spiro, R. Spiro Consulting
Ken Whittemore, Jr., SureScripts
Rochelle E. Woolley, RxHUB


  • Further investigation within the industry is recommended before recommendations are given to the secretary about changes and updates to the HIPAA standards, particularly relative to a newer version of the 835.


  • Send a letter from the Subcommittee to the full Committee by Wednesday, December 14, 2005 that recognizes improvements made by the industry (working through the NCPDP) to the SCRIPT 5.0 standard originally recommended by the Subcommittee for adoption as a foundation standard.  The letter recommends that the newer improved version, SCRIPT 8.1, be adopted as quickly as possible.


  • Notify full Committee of December 19, 2005 conference call to review proposed letter.

All official NCVHS documents are posted on the NCVHS Website.

Topics and Presenters

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

CMS UPDATE Karen Trudel, CMS
MATCHING PATIENTS TO THEIR RECORDS Shaun Grannis, MD, Regenstrief Institute
Jerry Bradshaw, AR BlueCross, Blue Shield
Industry Overview
Prior Authorization Work Group
Codified SIG Work Group
Industry Version Recommendation
Lynne Gilbertson, NCPDP
Tony Schueth, Point-of-Care Partners
Laura Topor, PriceWaterhouse Coopers
ONC UPDATE Kathleen H. Fyffe
Subcommittee Discussion Jeffrey S. Blair
Harry Reynolds

Thursday, December 8, 2005

Vendor Perspective Kepa Zubeldia, MD, Claredi
Don Bechtel, Siemens
John Hawkins, AFEHCT, QuadraMed
SDO Perspective Lynne Gilbertson, NCPDP
Alix Goss, Washington Publishing Co., X12
Maria Ward, HL7
Frank A Kyle, Jr., ADA
Plan Perspective Alissa Fox, BlueCross BlueShield Assn
Dale Chamberlain, Express Scripts
Lisa Miller, Washington Publishing Co., WEDI
Subcommittee Discussion Jeffrey S. Blair
Harry Reynolds

See official transcript for full subcommittee discussion.