The American Medical Association has released free toolkits to aid physicians in understanding and adopting the new HIPAA “operating rules” for electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice transactions.

The rules make the transactions more uniform and provide more information from health insurers to providers, such as a patient’s deductible and the amount remaining. The AMA guidance covers such areas as describing the rules and the benefits, appropriate information technology systems to support the rules, getting started with adoption and questions to ask software vendors.

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