Falls Church, Va., June 25, 2004 – Close to 550 e-business experts were in attendance at the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 June Trimester Meeting held in Chicago, June 6-11, 2004. This meeting was a celebration of the organization’s 25 years of developing eBusiness standards boasting more than 315 electronic data interchange (EDI) transaction sets held in a directory of almost 2000 data elements.

“This is a very exciting time to be active in ASC X12. Building on the foundations that were laid by our EDI pioneers, we have grown an organization that is now preparing to publish new business components that will support the business community’s XML messaging requirements,” said ASC X12 Chairman Ralph Berwanger. “We’re seeing a renewed enthusiasm as our new standard, Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA) and XML Syntax Representation, allows us to reach companies that could not afford this technology in the past.”

With education as the foundation to the success of CICA, ASC X12’s Convergence and Outreach Task Group (COTG) held its fourth successful CICA educational workshop in Chicago on June 5 and 6. Over 30 members and others outside of the X12 community were trained in the basic elements of CICA including how to build a CICA template from start to finish, map new and existing business processes into CICA and create Modules for CICA templates.

CICA has captured the attention of the business community with the same appeal that legacy EDI did decades ago. New industry groups are declaring interest in joining ASC X12. Members of the Association Data Standards Consortium (ADSC), representing non-profit member-centric organizations or donor-based charities or foundations, have participated in ASC X12 with the goal of using CICA in their standards development initiatives. The vision of ADSC is to have their standards be the global electronic standard for the association community and its for-profit partners.

Keynote speaker Frances E. Schrotter, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), congratulated attendees at the General Session on twenty-five years of business-to-business accomplishments. She attributed ASC X12’s success to the diversity of organizations comprising X12’s membership and reminded those gathered at this special event that ASC X12 is one of the first truly cross-industry standards-setting groups. She encouraged the membership to move forward with new vigor and energy while strengthening its leadership role in domestic, regional and global standards and conformity assessment activities.

The meeting drew attendance from not only current ASC X12 members, but also former winners of the Ed Guilbert Award and The ASC X12 Members Emeritus. Following the General Session, the 25th Birthday Celebration gave attendees the opportunity to reminisce with seventeen EDI pioneers responsible for the early development of the standard. Stories recounted included the first meeting in Rosslyn, Virginia with less than forty people gathered to discuss standards work in the transportation industry. These pioneers were commended for their efforts to blaze a trail that altered EDI as people knew it.

ASC X12’s Subcommittees continue to play a proactive role in shaping EDI standards. For example, X12's Insurance Subcommittee (X12N) hosted a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Informational Forum. Topics discussed pertained to the provisions and details of the final National Provider Identifier (NPI) federal rule. Charles Waldhauser from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided attendees with an update on the development of the software and processes to be used to enumerate providers, and ultimately health plans. A single, integrated, system known as the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) is expected to be ready during second quarter 2005 to begin the process of assigning health care providers their new national identifiers.

There is no meeting registration fee for ASC X12 members and first-time nonmember attendees. Visit http://www.x12.org to learn more about or to register for ASC X12’s next Trimester Meeting to be held October 3-8, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami, Florida. This October Meeting will culminate an exciting year surrounding ASC X12’s 25th Birthday Celebration. For more information on CICA, email cicahelp@disa.org.

About the Accredited Standards Committee X12
The Accredited Standards Committee X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange standards in X12 electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML formats that interact with a multitude of e-business technologies and serve as a 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 goods and services. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.x12.org or call 703-970-4480.

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