The Companion Guide Template and associated Principles Document will encourage consistent presentation and content in proprietary companion guides.

Falls Church, VA – November 24, 2010 – The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12), today released two documents, “Companion Guide Principles - Guidelines and Conventions for the Development of Proprietary Companion Guides to supplement published ASC X12 Implementation Guides” and the associated “Standard Companion Guide Transaction Information Template.”

The Principles Document clarifies the requirements for creating proprietary Companion Guides based on ASC X12’s published implementation guides. The Companion Guide Template is used to ensure a consistent look and feel with consistent content across the companion documents developed by various entities in the health care industry.

A third document, the Communication/Connectivity Instructions template, is being finalized, and will be released soon.

Jim Schuping, Executive Vice President/CEO of WEDI stated: “We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate with ASC X12 on the development and publication of these important documents. They will serve as a very useful tool and guideline to our respective memberships and the industry.”

“The Companion Guide Principles and Template documents will help several types of health care entities,” said Cathy Sheppard, Chair, ASC X12. “They will help those that create companion guides develop documents with all the needed information quickly and consistently and they will help those that use those companion guides by ensuring information from many sources has the same look and feel and the consistent content.”

You can download both of these free documents at

About WEDI
Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange is a non-profit healthcare association dedicated to promoting the standardization of healthcare data and the implementation of administrative simplification in healthcare. WEDI’s membership includes providers, payers, integrated delivery networks, vendors, consumers, government organizations and standards groups. WEDI helped to secure the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, and was designated as an official Advisor to the Secretary in the legislation, acknowledging its influence and unique position in the healthcare industry. For additional information, visit

About ASC X12
ASC X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute more than 30 years ago, develops and maintains EDI and CICA standards along with XML schemas which drive business processes globally. The diverse membership of ASC X12 includes technologists and business process experts, encompassing health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government, supply chain and other industries. For additional information, visit