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Don't misinterpret implementation of CMS' HIPAA contingency plan

Physician Practice Perspective, December 10, 2003

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After the September announcement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would implement its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) transactions and code sets contingency plan, providers let out a collective sigh of relief.

CMS will accept both compliant and noncompliant transactions after the October 16, 2003, dead- line to ensure that unprepared providers will continue receiving reimbursement and have more time to test their systems. The news from CMS gives you a little breathing room, but it doesn't mean you can stop working to comply with the rules.

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