Monday, December 15, 2008

Section 1921 Implementation Delayed

The Practitioner Data Bank branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced that implementation of Section 1921 of the Social Security Act has been delayed. The final rule was returned to the Secretary of Health and Human Services without any action from the Office and Management and Budget (OMB).

Section 1921 would require the NPDB to be queried for all licensed healthcare professionals including chiropractors, podiatrists, pharmacists, physician assistants, ophthalmologists, professional and paraprofessional nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and social workers.

It is expected that Section 1921 and other pending final rules from HRSA will be held for review by the incoming Secretary of Health and Human Services.

For more information on Section 1921, click here:

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