The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to soon publish an interim final rule to require adoption of standards and "operating rules" for electronic funds transfer and remittance advice HIPAA transactions.

CMS has sent the rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review, which is one of the last steps before publication. Operating rules are designed to tighten and make more uniform the HIPAA standards for electronic administrative/financial transactions. Adoption of operating rules between 2013 and 2016 is mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

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