First test of new HIPAA claims standard a success, CMS says

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 15, 2011

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported no significant errors during its first test of a new electronic claims submission standard known as HIPAA 5010 on June 15.

The Medicare agency will transition to the new standard on Jan. 1, 2012, when electronic claims submitted under the previous standard will start to be rejected. The June test allowed 349 physicians, clearinghouses, payers and other entities to test their systems and gauge readiness for HIPAA 5010.

Almost a third of those participating said in a survey after the test that they feel ready for HIPAA 5010, and 39% said they were able to receive and process new enhancements.

CMS will give practices another chance to test their practice management and claims processing systems' level of compliance with the HIPAA 5010 standard from Aug. 22-26.

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