The Senate health reform bill positioned for a final vote retains language to significantly tighten the HIPAA transaction standards and other administrative simplification provisions.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590 as amended, would mandate use of "operating rules" that payer advocacy organization CAQH has championed to standardize the HIPAA standards. The goal is to make financial and administrative transactions as easy to conduct as an ATM transaction.

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