Falls Church, VA and Ann Arbor, MI, USA – November 17, 2011 – The Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) and Health Level Seven® (HL7®) International, the global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology with members in 55 countries, testified at the NCHVS hearings on Administrative Simplification under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Standards and Operating Rules for Claim Attachments, held November 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Margaret Weiker, chair of the ASC X12N Insurance Subcommittee, provided information related to the ASC X12 transactions used in the claim attachments process and formally requested that ASC X12 and HL7 International be named as the operating rules entities for Claim Attachments.

“ASC X12 and HL7 have worked jointly, and with input from industry experts, on the attachment transaction standards for a number of years,” said Cathy Sheppard, chair, ASC X12, “focusing not only on the data required to support attachments but on the business rules necessary for consistent implementation and application of the attachment information.”

Charles Jaffe, MD, CEO, and John Quinn, CTO of HL7 International, and Jim McKinley and Durwin Day, co-chairs of HL7’s Attachment Work Group, provided information to the NCVHS Committee that HL7 Attachment Standards are aligned with Meaningful Use stage 2 requirements in both content and form to reduce payer and provider costs. HL7 agrees to provide the standards, implementation guides, and the testing standards for clinical document attachments. HL7 will also work with ASC X12 on the production and maintenance of the attachment transaction operating rules.

“HL7 has been working with ASC X12 and WEDI for more than 15 years to bring the ability to electronically attach both structured and unstructured clinical information to both preauthorization and claims transactions,” said John Quinn, CTO of HL7 International. "We are excited that this is coming to fruition for both the payer and provider industries.”

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 www.x12.org or contact chair@x12.org.

About HL7
Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International is the global authority for healthcare information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare.

HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

HL7’s endeavors are sponsored, in part, by the support of its benefactors: Abbott; Accenture; Allscripts; Booz Allen Hamilton; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Duke Translational Medicine Institute; Epic; European Medicines Agency; the Food and Drug Administration; GE Healthcare Information Technologies; GlaxoSmithKline; Hospital Corporation American (HCA); IBM; Intel Corporation; InterSystems Corporation; Kaiser Permanente; Lockheed Martin; McKesson Provider Technology; Microsoft Corporation; NICTIZ National Healthcare; Novartis; Oracle Corporation; Partners HealthCare System, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; Philips Healthcare; Quest Diagnostics Inc.; Siemens Healthcare; Thomson Reuters; the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Health System; and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Numerous HL7 Affiliates have been established around the globe including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Uruguay. For more information, please visit: www.HL7.org.