The WPC Services consulting subsidiary of Washington Publishing Company, has launched a program to help hospitals and delivery systems evaluate progress in adopting the new HIPAA 5010 transaction sets by January 2012.

Washington Publishing is the publisher of the HIPAA implementation guides. Eric Mueller, president at WPC Services, says there are at least 150 "hidden" issues that could lead to claims being reduced or denied next year. While providers and insurers often see 5010 as a mapping and technology issue, 70 percent of migration work involves business workflow changes that affect the entire billing cycle, he contends.

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