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New Regulations On Electronic Health Care Transactions

Proceed To Article Final Standards For Electronic Health Care Transactions Published
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. More...

Proceed To Article The Final Rule As On Display at Federal Register - National Standards for Electronic Transactions
The Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) are intended to reduce the costs and administrative burdens of health care by making possible the standardized, electronic transmission of many administrative and financial transactions that are currently carried out manually on paper. You can read the entire rule here. More...

Proceed To Article Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Transaction Standards Adopted Under HIPAA
Why have national standards for electronic health care transactions been adopted and why are they required? What health care transactions are required to use the standards under this regulation? Who is required to use the standards? More...

Proceed To Article Frequently Asked Questions About Code Set Standards Adopted Under HIPAA
Under HIPAA, a "code set" is any set of codes used for encoding data elements, such as tables of terms, medical concepts, medical diagnosis codes, or medical procedure codes. Code sets for medical data are required for data elements in the administrative and financial health care transaction standards adopted under HIPAA for diagnoses, procedures, and drugs. More...

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In The Wrong Hands: Two Incidents Illustrate The Fragile Security Of Online Medical Records
Information of a confidential nature recently slipped into the wrong hands in separate incidents involving one of the nation's largest managed-care providers and a renowned Boston cancer center. The incidents illustrate why patient information needs to be protected and systems need multiple checks and balances in place when handling medical records.More...

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