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Department of Health and Human Services


Subcommittee on Standards and Security

October 11-12, 2006

Hubert H. Humphrey Building
Conference Room 705-A
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington , DC

Meeting Synopsis

The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Standards and Security was convened on October 11 – 12, 2006. The meeting was open to the public and broadcast live on the Internet, with the help of the Department of Veteran Affairs. (


Committee Members

  • Jeffrey S. Blair, M.B.A., Co-Chairman
  • Harry Reynolds, Co-Chairman
  • Justine M. Carr, M.D. (by telephone on 10-12-06)
  • Simon P. Cohn, M.D.
  • Stan M. Huff, M.D. (by telephone)
  • Judith Warren, Ph.D., R.N. (by telephone)


Staff and Liaisons

  • Vivian Auld, NLM
  • Jorge Ferrer, MD, VA
  • J. Michael Fitzmaurice, Ph.D., AHRQ
  • Wanda Govan-Jenkins, NCHS/CDC
  • Marjorie Greenberg, NCHS/CDC, Executive Secretary
  • Randy Levin, M.D., DHHS
  • Marietta Squire, NCHS/CDC
  • Theresa Thompson, NCHS
  • Karen Trudel, CMS


  • Bill Alfano, BlueCross BlueShield
  • Carol J. Bickford, ANA
  • Michael J. DeCarlo, BlueCross BlueShield
  • James A. Ferguson, Kaiser Permanente
  • Jonathan E. French, HIMSS
  • Maria Freedman
  • Ermie Herring, DoS
  • John Hough, NCHS
  • Debbie M. Jackson, NCHS
  • Sam Shipley, ASPE
  • Nancy Spector, AMA
  • Mani Srinivasan, DoS, Office of Medical Services
  • Walter Suarez, Institute for HIPAA
  • Michele Vilaret, NACDS
  • Chelle Woolley, Woolley & Associates


  • Determine whether there will be a December 2006 or January 2007 meeting to address and/or make recommendations about the following issues: electronic prescribing; national provider issues; and HIPAA standards streamlining. Ms. Trudel will find out how much meaningful evaluation data on e-prescribing will be available for a December 2006 meeting or whether it makes sense to hold the meeting off for several weeks (evaluation report is due January 15, 2007).
  • A CHI letter (commissioned from Subcommittee discussions of October 11, 2006) will be coordinated by Ms. Greenberg and Dr. Huff. A draft letter will be ready for the full Committee meeting in November 2006.
  • Another letter about national provider issues (NPI) will be drafted by Mr. Reynolds and Ms. Trudel for the full Committee November 2006 meeting.
  • A third letter – about HIPAA standards – will require input from the entire Subcommittee and will be completed by Jim Scanlon’s office. The NHIN effort will be coordinated by Dr. Cohn, Mr. Blair, and Mr. Reynolds.
  • Dr. Randy Levin has been asked to provide advice to CMS (Ms. Trudel) for a draft letter to the Secretary relating to the NPRM and the NDC rule that will be reviewed by the full Committee at the November 2006 meeting.
  • Mr. Reynolds suggested creating a break-out time for the Subcommittee during the November 2006 full Committee meeting to determine a 2007 agenda.

All official NCVHS documents are posted on the NCVHS Website.

Department of Health and Human Services


Subcommittee on Standards and Security

October 11-12, 2006

Topics and Presenters

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

  • Welcome and Introductions Jeff Blair, Harry Reynolds
  • SDO Recommendations – Donald Bechtel, Alexandra Goss, ASCX12
  • Streamlined Standards Revisions Procedures Maria Ward, HL7
  • Lynn Gilbertson, Margaret Weiker, NCPDP
  • Disability Group Recommendations Laurence Desi, M.D.
  • Elizabeth C. Halley, RN, MBA
  • Jennie Harvell, ASPE
  • NPI Implementation – Jim Schuping, CEO, WEDI
  • Issues and Concerns Update Jim Whicker, Chair Elect, WEDI
  • Gail Kocher, WEDI NPI
  • AHRQ – Update on E-Prescribing Pilots Jon White, M.D., AHRQ
  • Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Karen Trudel, CMS
  • Subcommittee Discussion Jeff Blair
  • Harry Reynolds

Thursday, October 12, 2006

  • Welcome and Introductions Jeff Blair, Harry Reynolds
  • NLM Testimony – Stuart Nelson, M.D., NLM
  • Mapping of RxNorm and NDC
  • FDA Testimony – Status of NDC Database Randy Levin, M.D., FDA
  • Subcommittee Discussion Jeff Blair, Harry Reynolds

See official transcript for full Subcommittee discussion.