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Template Usage Information:
- Submit template change requests to PMO@HL7.org
- For Reaffirmations, please refer to the FAQ in Hl7 Project Scope Statement Instructions for a list of which sections and fields should be completed
Project Name and ID
Enter the name of the project here: Prior-Authorization Support
Complete this section for all “Direct to Normative” ballot projects and when a project proceeds from “Informative to Normative” or “STU to Normative”.
Forward PSS to the TSC (via tscpm@HL7.org); this triggers American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Project Initiation Notification (PINS) submission.
TSC Notification: Informative/STU to Normative
- or - Direct to Normative (no STU) (includes reaffirmations)
Identify ISO, IEC or ISO/IEC standard to be adopted in text box below
Enter info here if an ISO, IEC, or ISO/IEC Standard is to be adopted as an American National Standard; Enter the designation of the standard(s) to be adopted:
Includes text from ISO, IEC or ISO/IEC standard: Check here if this standard includes excerpted text from one or more ISO, IEC or ISO/IEC standards, but is not an identical or modified adoption.
Select the unit of measure used in the standard; if no measurements are in the standard, select N/A
Investigative Project (aka PSS-Lite)
Check this box when the project is investigative or exploratory in nature, which allows limited project scope definition. Sections 1-Project Name, 2-Sponsoring Group(s)/Project Team, 3a-Project Scope, 3b-Project Need, 3e-Project Objectives/Deliverables/Target Dates, 3i-Project Document Repository, 6b-[Realm, if known], and 6d-[applicable Approval Dates] are required for Investigative Project. Investigative Project specific instructions are highlighted in yellow. An investigative project must advance in two WGM cycles, requiring a full scope statement. Otherwise the project will be closed.
2. Sponsoring Group(s) / Project Team
2.a. Primary Sponsor/Work Group
Primary Sponsor/Work Group
2.b. Co-sponsor Work Group(s)
Co-sponsor Work Group(s):(Enter co-sponsor approval dates in Section 6.d Project Approval Dates)
|Indicate the level of involvement that the co-sponsor will have for this project:|
|X||Request formal content review prior to ballot||WGMs|
|X||Request periodic project updates. Specify period||WGMs|
|Other Involvement. Specify details here:|
2.c. Project Team
All names should have confirmed their role in the project prior to submission to the TSC.
|Project facilitator (1Mandatory)||Robert Dieterle, Viet Nguyen|
Other interested parties and their roles
Viet Nguyen and Lloyd McKenzie (technical FHIR support)
Multi-disciplinary project team (recommended)
Domain expert rep
Lenel James, Robert Dieterle,
Business requirement analyst
Christol Green, Mary Kay McDaniel, Linda Michaelsen, Nick Radov, Amit Shah, Mary Lynn Bushman, Durwin Day, (Marci Maisano, Megan Soccorso- Cigna)
Conformance facilitator (for IG projects)
Other facilitators (SOA, etc)
Implementers (2Mandatory for STU projects)
FHIR Project Note: The implementer requirement will be handled by the “balloting” project. Therefore work groups do not fill out the above section. However, feel free to list implementers specific to your work group’s resources if you know of any.
3. Project Definition
3.a. Project Scope
•A FHIR-based B2B process to allow implementers to use existing IT infrastructure resources for exchanging prior authorization. Existing business agreements can also be reused.
This PSS builds on existing or in process implementation guides for the automation of coverage discovery (Coverage Requirements Discovery – CRD), definition of documentation and payer rules (Documentation Templates and Payer Rules) access to provider information (Clinical Data Exchange – CDex) and the Health Record Framework (HRex).
This project will define specific triggers and exchange methods (CDS Hooks, Push, etc.), use of other interoperability "standards" (e.g. SMART on FHIR, CQL) and specific use of FHIR resources to effectively exchange payer information regarding the services that need authorization for coverage.
The following diagrams depicts the flow and scope of the relevant information (they are illustrative and not fully prescriptive).
This project will reference, where possible the "standards" defined by the Health Record exchange (HRex) Framework Implementation Guide which in turn will utilize prior work from Argonaut, US Core and QI Core effort for FHIR DSTU2, STU3, and R4. The following diagram depicts the anticipated scope of the HRex Framework IG.
The ultimate goal is to support the request, collection of existing information, solicitation of addition information (where required), packaging and exchange of provider information on a specific patient for satisfy the requirements for payer authorization for specific services using technology that supports FHIR DSTU2, STU3, and R4 releases of the FHIR standard.
The project team plans to work with existing FHIR artifacts where possible. If changes are necessary, the project team will work with the responsible Work Group to review and implement (via tracker items or new PSS) any necessary enhancements to base FHIR resources, extensions, and/or profiles.
This project will not include mapping to X12 standards and code sets (unless approved by joint agreement between HL7 and X12) – but this step is essential to the end-to-end workflow
3.b. Project Need
Providers need the ability, in clinical workflow, to easily identify the need for payer authorizations, assemble necessary information, identify and supply missing information and submit it to the payer electronically. Payers should be able to respond to a number of requests for authorization in "real time" to allow the provider to move forward with treatment as soon as possible. This PSS builds on existing or in process implementation guides for the automation of coverage discovery (Coverage Requirements Discovery – CRD), definition of documentation and payer rules (Documentation Templates and Payer Rules) access to provider information (Clinical Data Exchange – CDex) and the Health Record Framework (HRex). Currently, no FHIR implementation guide exists to standardize the method of requesting, validating, soliciting, packaging and exchanging (request, response) information required for payer authorizations. This implementation guide will provide a standard for adoption by both providers and payers for the exchange of information necessary for authorization of services by a payer.
3.c. Security Risks
Will this project produce executable(s), for example, schemas, transforms, style sheets, executable program, etc. If so the project must review and document security risks. Refer to the Cookbook for Security Considerations for additional guidance, including sample spreadsheets that may be used to conduct the security risk assessment.
3.d. External Drivers
3.e. Project Objectives / Deliverables / Target Dates
Within each row, enter the explicit work product(s) / objective(s). Indicate their target date at the right in WGM/Ballot Cycle format. Include the project end date as the last objective (for standards projects, the end date will be the projected ANSI approval date).
Target Date(in WGM or ballot cycle format, e.g.
‘2017 Sept WGM’ or
‘2017 Jan Ballot’)
Standard For Trial Use (First Ballot Cycle)
2019 May Ballot
Complete STU Reconciliation
Request STU Publication
2019 Sept WGM
Submit for STU 2 Ballot (Second Ballot Cycle)
2020 May Ballot
Complete STU 2 Reconciliation
Request STU 2 Publication
2020 Sept WGM
STU 2 Period
2020 Sept -2022 Sept
Submit for Normative Ballot
2022 May Ballot
Complete Normative Reconciliation
2022 Sept WGM
Submit Publication Request
Project End Date (all objectives have been met)
3.f. Common Names / Keywords / Aliases
Prior-Authorization Support, Prior-Authorization, Da Vinci
3.h. Project Dependencies
Coverage Requirements Discovery
Documentation Templates and Rules
3.i. HL7-Managed Project Document Repository Location
A template to create a Project Page on the HL7 Wiki is available at: http://wiki.hl7.org/index.php?title=Template:Project_Page.
|Enter the SPECIFIC URL of the HL7-MANAGED SITE where supporting project documents, deliverables, ballot reconciliation work and other project information will be kept.|
|HTTP: //confluence.hl7.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=39158184 or above this link.|
3.j. Backwards Compatibility
Are the items being produced by this project backward compatible?
If you check 'Yes' please indicate the earliest prior release and/or version to which the compatibility applies:
For V3, are you using the current data types?
(Refer to TSC position statement on new projects using R2B for more information on the current V3 data types)
If you check no, please explain the reason:
If desired, enter additional information regarding Backwards Compatibility.
3.k. External Vocabularies
Will this project include/reference external vocabularies?
If Yes, please enter the vocabularies: HCPCS, SNOMED, CPT, ICD, RxNorm, LOINC
4. Products (check all that apply)
V2 Messages – Administrative
Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI)
V2 Messages - Clinical
Clinical Context Object Workgroup (CCOW)
V2 Messages - Departmental
Domain Analysis Model (DAM)
V2 Messages – Infrastructure
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Functional Profile
V3 Domain Information Model (DIM / DMIM)
V3 Documents – Administrative (e.g. SPL)
FHIR Implementation Guide (enter FHIR product version below)
V3 Documents – Clinical (e.g. CDA)
FHIR Profiles (enter FHIR product version below)
V3 Documents - Knowledge
V3 Foundation – RIM
Guidance (e.g. Companion Guide, Cookbook, etc)
V3 Foundation – Vocab Domains & Value Sets
V3 Messages - Administrative
V3 Messages - Clinical
New Product Definition (please define below)
V3 Messages - Departmental
New Product Family (please define below)
V3 Messages - Infrastructure
Non Product Project - (Educ. Marketing, Elec. Services, etc.)
V3 Rules - GELLO
V3 Services – Java Services (ITS Work Group)
Creating/Using a tool not listed in the HL7 Tool Inventory
V3 Services – Web Services (SOA)
If you checked New Product Definition or New Product Family, please define below:
For FHIR IGs and FHIR Profiles, what product version(s) will the profiles apply to?
DSTU2, STU3, R4
5. Project Intent (check all that apply)
Create new standard
Supplement to a current standard
Revise current standard (see text box below)
Implementation Guide (IG) will be created/modified
Reaffirmation of a standard
Project is adopting/endorsing an externally developed IG:
New/Modified HL7 Policy/Procedure/Process
Specify external organization in Sec. 6 below;
Externally developed IG is to be (select one):
White Paper (select one):
Adopted - OR -
Balloted Informative OR
Non-balloted WG White Paper
N/A (Project not directly related to an HL7 Standard)
If revising a current standard, indicate the following:
|- Name of the standard being revised:|
|- Date it was published (or request for publication, or ANSI designation date)|
|- Rationale for revision|
|- The relationship between the new standard and the current standard (is it designed to replace the current standard, a supplement to the current standard, etc.)|
5.a. Ballot Type (check all that apply)
Comment (aka Comment-Only)
Joint Ballot (with other SDOs)
N/A (project won’t go through ballot)
STU to Normative - OR -
Normative (no STU)
If necessary, add any additional ballot information here. If artifacts will be jointly balloted with other SDOs, list the other groups.
5.b. Joint Copyright
Check this box if you will be pursuing a joint copyright. Note that when this box is checked, a Joint Copyright Letter of Agreement must be submitted to the TSC in order for the PSS to receive TSC approval.
Joint Copyrighted Material will be produced?
6. Project Logistics
6.a. External Project Collaboration
Include SDOs or other external entities you are collaborating with, including government agencies as well as any industry outreach. Indicate the nature and status of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) if applicable.
For projects that have some of their content already developed:
How much content for this project is already developed?
Was the content externally developed ? :
Is this a hosted (externally funded) project? (not asking for amount just if funded)
- OR -
Check here if this standard balloted or was previously approved as realm specific standard
Includes vocabulary and profiles that are specific to the US healthcare system
Support US Healthcare workflows
6.c. Stakeholders / Vendors / Providers
This section must be completed for projects containing items expected to be ANSI approved, as it is an ANSI requirement for all ballots
Clinical and Public Health Laboratories
Clinical and Public Health Laboratories
Quality Reporting Agencies
Local and State Departments of Health
Health Care IT
Medical Imaging Service
Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)
Clinical Decision Support Systems
Healthcare Institutions (hospitals, long term care, home care, mental health)
Other (specify in text box below)
Other (specify in text box below)
Other (specify below)
Other: Federal Healthcare Agencies (e.g. CMS), Providers (e.g. Physicians), Clearinghouses
6.d. Project Approval Dates
Click here to go to HL7 Project Scope Statement Instructions#Appendix A for more information regarding this section.
Approvals are by simple majority vote of the approving body
Sponsoring Work Group Approval Date:
WG Approval Date
Administrative review – in parallel with Work Group Approval
Co-Sponsor Group Approval Date
Family Management Group Approval Date(s)
CIMI Projects: CIMI Management Group
CIMI MG Approval Date
CDA Projects: CDA Management Group
CDA MG Approval Date
FHIR Projects: FHIR Management Group
FMG Approval Date
V2/Publishing Projects: V2 Management Group
V2 MG Approval Date
US Realm Projects: US Realm Steering Committee Approval
USRSC Approval Date
Affiliate Specific Projects: Affiliate Approval Date
Affiliate Approval Date
Submit PSS to Steering Division after all of the above approvals are received
Steering Division (of Primary Sponsor WG) Approval Date:
SD Approval Date CCYY-MM-DD
ARB and Steering Division approval may be in parallel
Architectural Review Board Approval Date:
(required for externally developed content)
ARB Approval Date
If applicable, TSC has received a Joint Copyright/Distribution Agreement (containing the verbiage outlined within the SOU),
Technical Steering Committee Approval Date:
TSC Approval Date