|MGMA Comments on Attachments Rule
(January 25, 2006)
The federal government should stagger compliance deadlines for implementing the HIPAA claims attachment standard, with providers having 12 months longer than clearinghouses and payers, according to the Medical Group Management Association.
MGMA, in a Jan. 23 comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, notes clearinghouses, physician software vendors and insurers need to be ready to support standardized electronic attachments before providers can start the testing process.
The proposed rule sets a compliance date for covered entities--clearinghouses, providers and payers--of 24 months after the effective date of a final rule. Englewood, Colo.-based MGMA advocates a 36-month compliance window for providers to give a "designated" 12-month testing period.
"MGMA believes that the timeframe outlined is not adequate for the implementation of the claims attachment standard," according to the comment letter. "In order to transition to this new standard, like the other HIPAA transaction and code set standards, providers will be forced to rely on their software partners, the majority of which are not covered entities."
Other recommendations from the association include:
Full text of the comment letter is available at mgma.com/press/washpress.cfm.
Posted to HIPAAcomply 1/25/06