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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

835 & 837 Training

Introduction to Electronic Transactions

The IHS Office of Information Technology has implemented changes within RPMS to convert the third party and accounts receivable applications to be compliant with the HIPAA electronic transaction requirements.

In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). One of the provisions of HIPAA was to reduce the costs and administrative burdens of health care by making possible the standardized electronic transmission of many administrative and financial transactions using standard record formats, code sets, and identifiers. You have undoubtedly heard stories about the challenges of getting the system up and running. Electronic transactions are required by law, but the fact is that once electronic transactions are implemented, they become a superior process.
  • Information can be stored and exchanged more accurately and efficiently.
  • Less time is spent doing routine paperwork.
  • Cash flow to the facility increases and accelerates.
This website brings together a wide variety of training materials, links to resource documents intended to make electronic transactions as simple and efficient as possible.
  • The training materials were designed to develop or refresh the knowledge necessary to perform (or oversee) electronic transactions.
  • Links to detailed resources give you access to the most authoritative and current information.
Materials will be added or updated as IHS refines and expands the use of electronic transactions, so be sure to visit the site periodically to stay current.

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