Falls Church, VA – October 12, 2010 - Accredited Standards Committee X12 announces the release of a collection of XML schemas supporting the content mandated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The schemas are generated from the same database used to publish the HIPAA mandated ASC X12 Technical Reports.

Over the past several years organizations have created proprietary XML schemas based on the generic ASC X12 standards and associated implementation guides. Some of those schemas are sold as part of vendor applications, some are freely distributed, and many are internal to an organization. None represent official derivatives of the associated ASC X12 work products. All implementers will benefit by replacing these separate, uncoordinated initiatives with standardized XML schemas from the recognized authority. This schema production approach ensures that every structure and all data elements can be represented in an XML document and validated with the schemas.

“ASC X12 TR3 Schemas are the only schemas authorized as derivative products of ASC X12 Technical Reports. They ease content integration into and out of back-end systems while promoting standardized XML for this set of HIPAA mandated transactions,” said Cathy Sheppard, Chair, ASC X12.

ASC X12 TR3 Schemas are licensed for internal use or for redistribution in vendor products. Applicable errata will be incorporated into each ASC X12 TR3 Schema, and a new version made available to purchasers at no additional cost, once the errata is mandated under HIPAA. Each schema package also includes the ASC X12 Technical Report Type 2, Constructing XML Schema Definition Element Names from ASC X12 Metadata.

For more information and to purchase ASC X12 TR3 Schemas, visit http://store.X12.org.

About ASC X12
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.

For additional information: www.X12.org
Email: schemas@x12.org