Approximately 96% of Medicare Part A healthcare providers have "moderate to high expectations" that they will be in compliance with the HIPAA regulations on electronic transactions by the Oct. 16 deadline, though a large number of organizations are concerned that vendors and trading partners may not be ready, the HHS Office of Inspector General says.
The OIG surveyed 150 Medicare providers between Nov. 26 and March 24 and found that 74% were ready to send and receive HIPAA claims at the time of their response.
But just 44% of the providers had received notices from fiscal intermediaries or other third parties about coordinating tests of electronic transactions, according to the OIG report. This, the report says, is problematic because 84% percent of those surveyed are using outside systems vendors to help with HIPAA transaction compliance.
According to the OIG, shortcomings on the part of vendors and trading partners "would affect (organizations') own ability to implement the electronic standards."