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HIPAA Simplified, an online resource, provides information that covered entities need for HIPAA readiness. HIPAA Simplified was developed to help support the adoption of the HIPAA 5010 and D.0 standards.

A Challenging Transition

On January 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published rules that will require organizations that transmit protected health information (PHI) to use new compliance standards under the authority of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

These updated standards (Versions 5010 and D.0) are designed to replace the current standards (Versions 4010/4010A1 and 5.1) to promote greater efficiency in electronic transactions. Compliance with the new HIPAA 5010 and NCPDP D.0 standards was required by January 1, 2012.

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Just as PATIENTFRIENDLY BILLING® guidelines help patients by providing clear and concise communication, HIPAA standards help patients by protecting personal health information and simplifying health care administration.

However, this transition poses a number of challenges for covered entities that are required to achieve compliance, in large part because these changes affect all healthcare segments: hospitals, physicians, dentists, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers and payers.

A Free Online Resource

Launched on January 22, 2010, the HIPAA Simplified web site offers technical gap analyses, simplified business-level downloads, trading partner transition strategy information, frequently asked questions, and testing tools. Additionally, the HIPAA Simplified content is divided by audience in order to provide relevant information that is easy to find.

HIPAA Simplified offers informational and analytical tools to propel the transition strategies of covered entities such as high-level FAQs, documents that explain the transition in business-level language and in-depth technical analyses.

Emdeon is the leading provider of integrated Patient Billing & Payment Solutions that help hospitals and healthcare professionals optimize their cash flow management while reducing administrative costs. To learn more about HIPAA Simplified and Emdeon's entire suite of integrated patient billing and payment solutions, visit, or call 877.EMDEON.6 (877.363.3666).

Publication Date: Monday, March 01, 2010