Monday, December 20, 2004

HHS to Issue Additional HIPAA Rules

According to an article in the December 14, 2004 report from Health Data Management HHS is set to publish four additional HIPAA Rules in the coming months.

The proposed rules include:

  • A rule to set standards for electronic claims attachments, expected in January 2005;
  • A rule to enforce HIPAA administrative simplification provisions, set for February 2005;
  • A rule to establish a national identifier for health plans, set for April 2005; and
  • A rule to regularly revise the HIPAA transactions and codes sets rule, scheduled for June 2005.

These additional regulations will apply to all covered entities who are now complying with the privacy rules which went into effect in 2003. Health care providers will need to monitor these new regulations and the impact they may have on business operations.

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