- The Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA apply to the adoption of electronic transaction standards and operating rules for use in the health care industry. HIPAA has some different requirements for information exchange than EHRs, but there is hope for convergence in the future. Information about the HIPAA regulations regarding standards and operating rules can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Administrative-Simplification/HIPAA-ACA/index.html. Readers can find information about requirements for covered entities and their business associates and enforcement from this link.
- Adoption of standards to increase the efficiency of the health care system was required by the Health Insurance Portability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This version of the standard was adopted in 2009, and compliance was required by January 2012. The purpose of the electronic standard transactions was to improve efficiency in the health care system by reducing the use of paper and increasing the electronic exchange of health care information.
- Before implementation of a new version of a standard, end to end testing should be conducted with vendor systems and between trading partners to ensure changes have been accommodated.
- Additional information is available on testing, and the full cost on any of the X12 transactions. ASETT is the HHS compliance tool to enable testing and complaint filing for all X12 and NCPDP transactions.
- For a description of the functionality of each transaction, visit the X12 website. Click on a transaction set name to toggle the display of the purpose and scope of that transaction set.
- HL7 Da Vinci Use Cases:
- Coverage Requirements Discovery (CRD). The goal of the CRD use case is to give providers real-time access to payer approval requirements, documentation, and rules at point of service to reduce provider burden and support treatment planning.
- Documentation Templates and Payer Rules (DTR). The goal of the DTR use case is to reduce provider burden and simplify process by establishing electronic versions of administrative and clinical requirements that can become part of the providers workflow
- Prior Authorization Support (PAS). The goal of the PA use case is to define FHIR based services to enable provider, at the point of service, to request authorization (including all necessary clinical information to support the request) and receive immediate authorization
- Note: all Da Vinci use cases are piloted and tested during regular connectathons hosted by HL7 and approved professional affiliates throughout the year. To learn more about connectathons and other Da Vinci use cases or FHIR accelerator programs, visit www.HL7.org or http://www.hl7.org/about/davinci/use-cases.cfm
- All covered entities and their business associates are required to comply with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Health and Human Services has partnered with the Office of the National Coordinator and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to publish comprehensive guidance for Security specific to electronic protected health information. A self-assessment tool kit is available to support integrating privacy and security into practices.