Alexandria, Va

Alexandria, Va., December 4, 2002 - The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 Insurance Subcommittee (X12N) is pleased to announce the publication of the ASC X12N Addenda for the nine May 2000 X12N Implementation Guides adopted for use under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). ASC X12Nís Health Care Task Group carefully identified items in the current Implementation Guides that might hinder implementation of the X12N Implementation Guides, and recently approved resulting Addenda documentation.

"These Addenda, recommended by leading health care and insurance experts in ASC X12, complements and simplifies the implementation process for users of the May 2000 Implementation Guides," said Gary Beatty, ASC X12 Insurance Subcommittee Chair. "And for those organizations who are enhancing their current implementations of or working to comply with HIPAA transaction standards via their requested one year extension - good through Oct. 16, 2003 - ASC X12N is providing the much needed guidance to expedite the adoption of the X12 transactions."

The ASC X12N Addenda to the Implementation Guides are designed to be used in concert with the May 2000 Implementation Guides. The Addenda documents are actual additions to the original pages in the May (or 004010) Implementation Guides and notes the specific changes that were made to the May 2000 Implementation Guide pages. Each change is annotated with a note in red and a line pointing to the location of the change. The Implementation Table in each Addenda contains only those pages that reflect changes to the table.

Visit Washington Publishing Company at http://www.wpc-edi.com/hipaa/addenda to download the Addenda. Both the May 2000 ASC X12N Implementation Guides and their associated October 2002 X12N Addenda are available at http://www.wpc-edi.com/hipaa.

About ASC X12

The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange standards in EDI and XML formats that interact with a multitude of e-commerce technologies and serve as the premier tool for integrating electronic applications. Through standards setting and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives, ASC X12 facilitates the effective exchange of electronic information. Propelling global e-business, ASC X12 is an active contributor to 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. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.x12.org or call 703-837-6155.