- Operating rules were included as a requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, under section 1104, Administrative Simplification.
- Operating rules are intended to support and enhance the use of the standard transactions. They include requirements to help implement the transaction in a more uniform way across health plans, and ensure a more complete set of information in the response.
- In 2012, HHS adopted operating rules for claim status, and incorporated the Phase I and II rules by reference in 162.920
- In 2020 CAQH CORE updated its phase-based operating rule structure to align with the business processes supported by the rules. Prior versions of the CAQH CORE Claim Status Operating Rules are incorporated by reference in § 162.920 and available on the CAQH CORE Mandated Operating Rules website along with a crosswalk to the new operating rule naming and versioning conventions
- Testing, or certification with the operating rules is voluntary and available through a vendor contracted to the authoring entity. The checklist is available on the website. Testing between covered entities is always encouraged. Certification for operating rules is voluntary and not currently required by federal regulation.
- CAQH CORE maintains free implementation tools on its website to support operating rule implementation. Additionally, CAQH CORE offers educational webinars which are archived on its website.