The CMS said as of Oct. 1 it will no longer process any electronic fee-for-service Medicare claim that does not meet standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. About 0.5% of electronic fee-for-service claims were not HIPAA-compliant as of June, including 1.45% of fee-for-service hospital claims, the CMS said. Provider claims originally were supposed to be compliant by Oct. 16, 2003, but the CMS eliminated the deadline because only 31% of Medicare claims were compliant at the time. Under a contingency plan, providers were required to make a diligent and reasonable effort to attain compliance. The contingency plan still applies to other electronic transactions, the CMS said. -- by Tony Fong
CMS sets Oct. 1 deadline for HIPAA-compliant claims
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