Jim Whicker, director of electronic data interchange for 24-hospital Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, wonders if providers across the nation understand the scope of new transactions processing mandates in the recently enacted health reform law.

The law requires adoption of "operating rules," between 2013 and 2016, to make electronic claims and related transactions more uniform. It also requires creation of two new HIPAA transactions--electronic funds transfer and claims attachments--and the long-delayed unique payer identifier.

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