HHS announces HIPAA transaction and code set changes

HHS announced today that HIPAA covered entities (health plans, heath care providers who use electronic transactions, and health care clearinghouses) must adopt the ANSI X12 5010 electronic transaction standards by January 1, 2012, and the ICD-10 diagnosis and hospital procedure code sets by October 1, 2013. HHS adopted the health care industry’s recommended implementation schedule. This conversion is a huge undertaking.