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HIPAA 5010 Testing Service Launched

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The Data Interchange Standards Association has launched an online testing and certification service for providers, payers and vendors migrating to the HIPAA 5010 standards for electronic claims and related transactions.

The latest version of the HIPAA standard transactions, 5010 accommodates the new ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes, among other changes. The compliance date for HIPAA 5010 transactions is Jan. 1, 2012.

Falls Church, Va.-based DISA provides administrative and technical support to the ASC X12 standards developing committee of the American National Standards Institute. DISA developed the testing service with eEmergence, a Valatie, N.Y.-based software and consulting firm, and Dublin, Ohio-based Foresight, which sells transactions testing and validation services.

The new testing service, called DISAcert, enables organizations to upload test transaction files and receive results. The results include descriptive error messages and interpretive information to show where and why transactions failed. Testing for eligibility and claims transactions is available now with additional transactions coming online soon, according to DISA.

The annual subscription price is $600 for physician and dental practices, $1,050 for institutional providers and employers, $2,900 for insurers, and $4,900 for clearinghouses and vendors. An optional searchable database, available for a separate subscription, enables access to all questions and answers to save time researching and solving problems. Prices are cut 30% for subscriptions purchased by Oct. 31, 2009.

Certified organizations will receive a "5010 Certified" logo to display on Web sites and related materials, and a listing in a public directory of certified users. More information is available at DISAcert.org.

--Joseph Goedert

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