HIPAA: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Rule (ASHA)

The EDI rule is very technical and based on the X12N EDI data transmission protocol standard. Although rare allowances are made, the rule requires that any covered entity who electronically transmits data must use this, and only this format in doing so.

The EDI rule is a set of data transmission specifications that strictly govern the way data is electronically transferred from one computer to another. The rule specifically defines the different types of transactions that are covered under HIPAA and stipulates the exact format for each transaction record.

Electronic transactions such as health care claims, claims status and remittance advices (RA), eligibility verifications and responses, referrals and authorizations, and coordination of benefits (COB) among others are included in the rule. Its intent is to reduce the hundreds of health care data formats to just one that is universally implemented throughout the health care industry, including ASHA electronic communication.

The objective is to greatly increase the portability and accessibility of this information and to decrease the administrative overhead associated with the management of the process.

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