Mandates in the health reform law to adopt "operating rules" for a series of existing and new HIPAA transactions between 2013 and 2016 should easily be achievable, two consultants familiar with the health care electronic data interchange business say.

Industry stakeholders have worked for five years to reach consensus on the rules, which seek to make electronic claims and related transactions far more uniform than they are today, says Rachel Foerster, principal at Rachel Foerster & Associates Ltd., Beach Park, Ill.

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