Health Information Management

5010 transaction standard testing to begin in January

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 31, 2010

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On August 24, CMS issued a press release to remind to healthcare providers, health plans, clearinghouses, and vendors about approaching compliance dates related to transaction standard 5010, which is a necessary prelude to the switch to the ICD-10 coding system in 2013.

Beginning in January 2011, entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) should be ready to test practice management functionality and/or other related software featuring Version 5010 standards with their trading partners, according to the CMS press release.
“Beginning January 2011, the Medicare Fee for Service program will be ready to test Version 5010 transaction standards with its external partners, and we anticipate that other industry segments will be poised to follow suit,” Marilyn Tavenner, CMS principal deputy administrator said in the press release.
Use of the Version 5010 standards for HIPAA electronic healthcare transactions, including claims, remittance advice, eligibility inquiries, referral authorization, and other administrative transactions, will be mandatory on January 1, 2012.
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in JustCoding. Learn about the latest ICD-10 news as well as strategies for implementation and coder education by accessing ICD-10 Trainer (formerly ICD-10 Watch). To sign up for the free companion e-newsletter, also called ICD-10 Trainer, go to HCPro’s Healthcare Marketplace.

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