The Jan. 1, 2012, compliance deadline for the HIPAA 5010 transactions is coming fast but there's still a lot of work that can be done during the next few months, says Rob Tennant, senior policy advisor for government affairs at the Medical Group Management Association.

At a session during the MGMA 2011 Annual Conference, Oct. 23-26 in Las Vegas, Tennant will walk through current 5010 readiness, steps practices should take now if not prepared--like contracting with a claims clearinghouse if they haven't already--and the possibility of some flexibility being attached to the compliance date.

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