Falls Church, VA, August 17, 2009 – The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), Secretariat to the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, and the ASC X12 Publisher, Washington Publishing Company (WPC), announced a partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA) to extend discounts to AHA members who need ASC X12 005010 Technical Reports, Type 3 (TR3s) Implementation Guides mandated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The ASC X12 005010 standard and TR3 Implementation Guides are useful resources to improve and streamline hospital billing processes. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) final rule in the Federal Register, Volume 74, Number 11, “Rules and Regulations” requires health care organizations to be compliant with the HIPAA 005010 standard transactions by January 1, 2012.

"Since the release of the first Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 HIPAA-mandated transactions, X12’s hospital members have been working with X12’s insurance company members to reduce administrative expenses by narrowing the differences between implementations,” said Dan Kazzaz, Chair, ASC X12. “By working with the American Hospital Association (AHA), X12 can help provide the hospitals with information they need to adopt X12’s version 5010 of the claims and other billing-related transactions. The development of future messages will streamline the hospital billing processes."

“AHA members can obtain the 005010 Implementation Guides discounts at http://store.x12.org/aha_discounts.htm, and the National Uniform Billing Committee website at http://www.nubc.org/become.html. There is an easy online membership verification process developed by WPC and AHA, enabling AHA members to download the Implementation Guides at the end,” said Jerry Connors, President, DISA.

About ASC X12
Celebrating 30 years of Business Process and Technical Expertise in the Development and Adoption of Electronic Data Exchange Standards
The ASC X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979, develops EDI standards and 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. Members include 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), Secretariat to ASC X12, is home for the development of cross-industry e-business interchange standards that help organizations improve business methods, lower costs and increase productivity. DISA provides administrative and technical support to ASC X12. For additional information, visit www.disa.org, or call (703) 970-4480.

About WPC
In addition to being X12’s publisher, Washington Publishing Company (WPC) has a dedicated team of business process and technology experts that leverage their domain expertise building valuable solutions for clients. From assistance with strategy and business analysis, to software architecture and implementation, WPC offers a complete range of services and software components to help any organization realize value from technology. For additional information, visit http://www.wpc-edi.com/, or call (425) 562-2245.

About the AHA
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 38,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.