A year ago, health insurers, health plans, providers, hospitals and clearinghouses collectively were heaving a sigh of relief.That's because they were granted the option of applying for a one-year extension to comply with the standardized transactions and code set rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
With that compliance date essentially delayed until October 2003, many health insurers switched gears. Instead of focusing primarily on the significant IT challenges associated with standardized transactions, they also began pumping more resources into their HIPAA privacy activities-since that was the next deadline set by the 1996 federal law.
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