Group To Collect Input, Track Issues Related to HIPAA 5010 Upgrade

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has announced plans to collaborate with other stakeholders and government agencies to support the health care industry's adoption of HIPAA 5010 transaction standards, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 4/11).

Background

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.

Last month, CMS announced it would wait until after June 30 to begin enforcing compliance with HIPAA 5010 standards. However, CMS noted that the compliance date would remain Jan. 1 (iHealthBeat, 3/15).

WEDI's New Campaign

WEDI aims to support the industry's upgrade to HIPAA 5010 standards by gathering feedback and tracking problems related to implementing the standards. The campaign includes a series of no-cost, live webcasts on HIPAA 5010 implementation (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 4/10).

The organization also launched the online WEDI 5010 Issue Reporting System, which allows health care providers, health plans, claims clearinghouses and health IT vendors to document challenges they encounter while implementing the HIPAA 5010 standards. The online system also allows users to search through its database of reported HIPAA 5010 issues (Byers, CMIO, 4/11).


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