Falls Church, Va., November 8, 2004 – The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and the Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) are pleased to announce the launch of the ASC X12 Implementation Guide Request for Interpretation Web site.

The site initially gives visitors “access to the experts” in the ASC X12 Insurance Subcommittee (ASC X12N) for those Implementation Guides that have been adopted for use under HIPAA. The site allows for submission of detailed questions about interpretation of the guides. While it does not replace the need for standards implementers to read the guides and do their own analysis, it does provide a location to find resolution of issues of interpretations or inconsistencies within or between the guides.

The Web site serves as the interface to a database or repository of questions and answers from expert volunteers within the Insurance Subcommittee. As requests and responses are accumulated, the site allows searching of the database and access to prior interpretations, making it an invaluable resource for implementers.

“We are excited to launch the portal to address complex questions about our HIPAA adopted implementation guides,” said Alexandra Goss, Co-Chair, ASC X12N Health Care Task Group. “A further benefit of this database is to help support industry needs by identifying areas of the guides that should be improved in future versions.”

The Implementation Guide Interpretations Web site is accessed via by clicking on Quick Links and choosing X12 Interpretations within the pull-down menu.

ASC X12 benefited from the technical expertise of Washington Publishing Company in the development of the Web site and database. All X12N Implementation Guides, including those adopted under HIPAA, are available from the WPC web site: www.wpc-edi.com.

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.orgor call 703-970-4480.

About the Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA)
DISA, the accredited standards community for e-business, is home for the development of cross-industry e-business standards that provide the foundation enabling individuals and organizations to participate in global e-business. Driving an array of e-business initiatives, DISA provides technical and administrative support to its Affiliates: Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) Forum, Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA) and Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO). To learn more about DISA, visit www.disa.org or call 703-970-4480.

Press Contact
Catherine McDonald, cmcdonald@disa.org, 703-970-2064