Health Plans Prepare For HIPAAMost health plans are actively pursuing strategies to meet the electronic data interchange (EDI) and security components of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), even in advance of final regulations. However, about one-third of the plans that were surveyed are deferring certain steps until final requirements are known. That's the conclusion of a new study by Washington, D.C.-based American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) and Long Beach, Calif.-based First Consulting Group Inc. Health plan executives responding to the survey identified the most daunting challenges: organizational readiness, security/confidentiality, staff resources/necessary skill sets and funding availability. Least important is the ability to demonstrate return on investment.

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