Alexandria, VA, April 6, 2000--The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 signed the much anticipated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and Data Content

Alexandria, VA, April 6, 2000--The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 signed the much anticipated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and Data Content Committees (DCCs) developed to manage the electronic data interchange (EDI) standards adopted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). At the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics' Subcommittee on Standards and Security meeting on March 31, the following SDOs and DCCs discussed the MOU that will take effect when the final regulations are slated to be released:

  • ASC X12
  • Dental Content Committee
  • Health Level Seven
  • National Council for Prescription Drug Programs
  • National Uniform Billing Committee
  • National Uniform Claim Council

The MOU provides the organizations with the framework for submitting and addressing changes to the various transactions adopted by HHS under HIPAA. This includes modifications to the standards implementation guidelines, manuals, documentation and data dictionaries, and review of requests to add new functionality or transactions to the HIPAA standards. Currently, nine X12 EDI transaction sets, including claims submission, eligibility, enrollment, referrals, authorizations and electronic remittance and payments to physicians, among others, are required for the implementation of the administrative simplification provisions of HIPAA. For additional HIPAA information, visit the HHS Administrative Simplification website at http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/admnsimp/index.htm.

This industry-wide standardization is expected to eliminate variations on administrative and financial transmissions and to provide significant savings and operational efficiencies for healthcare providers and insurance companies. Within human resources and employee benefit management sectors of business, the implementation of the regulations is likely to improve the quality of service to the patient.

ASC X12, comprised of cross-industry representation, delivers the most widely implemented EDI standards that interact with a multitude of e-commerce technologies and serves as the premier source for integrating electronic applications. Through the X12 Committee's standards and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives, ASC X12 links together multiple industries and sets the norm for a more effective exchange of information. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.x12.org.

The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), a Virginia-based not-for-profit association, is the leading provider of educational and networking forums on e-business. Promoting e-commerce in a global marketplace, DISA provides technical and management services to standards and XML specification development organizations, including ASC X12, the OpenTravel Alliance, the Interactive Financial Exchange Forum, the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization, and the XML/EDI Group. DISA's affiliation with the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association, EC User Groups and emerging initiatives around the world facilitates an interchange of e-commerce topics hitting the marketplace. In other international arenas, DISA and ASC X12 serve as the entry point for the United States into the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of trade goods and services.