Minnesota will require electronic filing by hospitals, clinics and other healthcare providers and health insurers by 2009. The state will also require all hospitals and healthcare providers by 2015 to have an interoperable health-records system, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release.
A voluntary group, which includes state agencies and private-sector healthcare companies, will help craft rules for the state's e-filing requirement, which will be based on Medicare standards. "This positive technology intervention will lower administrative costs, boost system efficiency and reduce the overall hassle factor for consumers, providers and payers," said Jim Golden, the Minnesota Health Department's health policy division director, in a written statement.
The state's electronic medical-record legislation and initiatives will be covered at the state's annual e-health summit.