The January 2012 compliance date for version 5010 of the HIPAA transaction sets is right around the corner, with testing for Medicare claims starting in January 2011. Further, 5010 compliance is a precursor to implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure code sets, with an October 2013 compliance date.

An educational session at the Medical Group Management Association's Annual Conference, Oct. 24-27 in New Orleans, will offer medical practices critical information they need to know to better prepare for both compliance initiatives. "Our task is not only to explain, but give a roadmap to help practices get ready for this transition," says Robert Tennant senior policy advisor for government affairs at MGMA.

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