AAFP president's letter addresses HIPAA transactions deadline - Newsletter - American Academy of Fam

Author: Matthew Neff
Date: Sept 1, 2003

The American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP's) President James Martin, M.D., San Antonio, recently sent a President's Letter to all AAFP members discussing their readiness for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA's) transactions and code sets standards. Dr. Martin reminded AAFP members that, beginning Oct. 16, Medicare and other health plans will deny non-HIPAA-compliant claims and will not accept paper claims after this date unless the practice has fewer than 10 employees and is granted a waiver by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The letter outlined nine steps for physicians to ensure that claims submitted electronically after Oct. 16 are not rejected, including directions on how to deal with the practice management billing system or billing system vendor. Dr. Martin advised members to be ready for cash flow disruptions "by anticipating a 10 to 20 percent increase in rejected or delayed claims during the fourth quarter of 2002." He also stressed the long-term benefits of the standardization of business transactions. The full letter can be found online at www.aafp.org/x22134.xml.

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