On Thursday, CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced that it will delay by three months the enforcement date for the transition to HIPAA 5010 transaction sets, Modern Healthcare reports (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 3/15).
HIPAA 5010 standards regulate the transmission of certain health care transactions among hospitals, physician practices, health plans and claims clearinghouses. Converting to the HIPAA 5010 standards is seen as key to the larger switch from the ICD-9 clinical coding system to the ICD-10 system.
In November 2011, CMS announced it would wait until March 31 to begin enforcing compliance with HIPAA 5010 standards. However, CMS noted that the compliance date would remain Jan. 1 (iHealthBeat, 2/8).
In the new announcement, CMS said it now will wait until after June 30 to start taking enforcement action against health care entities that fail to comply with the HIPAA 5010 standards (Modern Healthcare, 3/15).