WebMD Corp., Elmwood Park, N.J., has released a white paper on the implementation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that concludes the law's administrative simplification provisions are increasing in complexity and costs for healthcare providers and payers across the country.The White Paper, which is the result of WebMD's analysis of HIPAA implementation nationwide, identifies concrete steps that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services can take to steer the implementation back on course, through what the company calls a "rational roll- out plan."

The paper, entitled "HIPAA Implementation: The Case for a Rational Roll- Out Plan," explores how the law--as implemented--has not advanced HIPAA's promise of simplification, standardization and reduced cost, but rather has had the reverse effect.

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