HHS on Monday published a handful of editorial corrections to the technical modifications the department made to the HIPAA transaction regulations last month.
The changes include the effective dates for several code sets, typographical errors and deletion of a repeated section.
The five-item correction appeared in the March 10 Federal Register. The correction "fixes some significant errors," according to a listserv e-mail from Stanley Nachimson, senior technical advisor in the CMS Office of HIPAA standards. He was not available for further comment.
HHS published the original modifications Feb. 20, the same day it officially issued the final standards on security of electronically transmitted protected health information.
The department says it will not publish the full, corrected transactions rule in the Federal Register, which is the official record of executive-branch departments. The corrected version, however, can be accessed through the Laws and Regulations page on the CMS Web site.
It also will appear in the next edition of the Code of Federal Regulations, due out toward the end of 2003, according to the Nachimson e-mail.