The Department of Health and Human Services has published a notice explaining minor changes to the HIPAA transaction sets for electronic administrative/financial transactions. The changes are part of regular maintenance of the transactions.

"The maintenance changes are non-substantive changes to correct minor errors, such as typographical errors, or to provide clarifications of the standards adopted in our regulations entitled, 'Health Insurance Reform; Modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Electronic Transaction Standards,' published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009," according to the notice. Those adopted standards were version 5010 of the HIPAA transaction sets, which have a Jan. 1, 2012, compliance date.

The notice, published Oct. 13 in the Federal Register, also corrects errors in version D.0 of the NCPDP telecommunication standard for retail pharmacy drug transactions.

--Joseph Goedert


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