Falls Church, Va, January 13, 2009, – The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12’s Insurance Subcommittee, Health Care Task Group, has submitted a request to the Designated Standards Maintenance Organizations (DSMO) to consider recommending to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) that the ASC X12 acknowledgment transactions listed below be considered for adoption under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transactions by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

• The ASC X12 Standards for Electronic Data Interchange Technical Report Type 3—Implementation Acknowledgment for Health Care Insurance (999), 005010X231
• The ASC X12 Standards for Electronic Data Interchange Technical Report Type 3—Health Care Claim Acknowledgment (277CA), 005010X214
• The ASC X12 Standards for Electronic Data Interchange TA1 Interchange Acknowledgement Segment, 005010

"These transactions will help the health care industry better reconcile the status of transmitted EDI transactions, especially when sending claims and remittance transactions,” said Dan Kazzaz, Chair of ASC X12. “Senders of other X12 transactions used under HIPAA will benefit from knowing that the receiving party has successfully received the transaction or has encountered errors that need to be reconciled.”

These acknowledgements should be used with all HIPAA transactions sent in batch mode or in real-time, as instructed by the real-time transaction's Technical Reports, Type 3 (TR3) document. Further details of DSMO Change Request 1074 can be viewed at www.hipaa-dsmo.org.

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The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979, develops electronic data interchange (EDI) standards and related documents for national and global markets. With more than 315 X12 EDI standards and increasing X12 XML schemas, ASC X12 enhances business processes, reduces costs and expands organizational reach. ASC X12’s diverse member base includes standards experts from health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government, supply chain and other industries. To participate in ASC X12’s vital standards-setting role, visit www.x12.org, or call 703-970-4480.

About DISA
The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) is home for the development of cross-industry e-business interchange standards that help individuals and organizations improve business processes, reduce costs, increase productivity and take advantage of new opportunities. DISA provides administrative and technical support to the Accredited Standards Committee. For additional information about DISA, visit www.disa.org, or call 703-970-4480.