The U.S. Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) made public last week the final standards for electronic health care transactions, and for code sets to be used in standard transactions. Health plans, health care clearinghouses and health care providers who make electronic transactions will be required to
use these standards beginning October 2002. The final rules are available in this Vidyya. They should appear in the Federal Register this week.
The final rules are at the heart of the administrative simplification
provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of
1996, or HIPAA. These provisions are intended to create a standard format
for electronic data interchange among providers and payers and their
intermediaries. HCFA estimates that there are about 400 proprietary formats
in use for electronic health care data exchanges in the US. The goal of
national standards is to save costs by simplifying the administration of
electronic health care transactions.
The transaction standards have been among the least controversial of
HIPAA’s proposed regulations, and they are the first to be finalized. They
start the clock running on HIPAA compliance—by October 2002 health plans,
providers and health care clearinghouses will have to use prescribed
standards and code sets in electronic transactions, including purely internal
We've included everything we could regarding these regulations. The HIPAA standards are expected to touch just about everything concerning the practice of medicine.
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