By Deborah Hirsch

HBMAThe healthcare world, so rocked by the new health reform law, is developing many ways to cope with the changes it requires.

Recently, two new developments are making it a little easier for providers – uniform definitions of compliance with HIPAA 5010 put together by the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) and a white paper on issues that providers will face as they make the transition into value-based payment models and accountable care organizations(ACOs).

Joseph Goedert writes at that HBMA has developed uniform ways to help providers see if their payment methods comply with the new requirements as defined by HIPAA 5010. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides the first nationally-recognized regulations for the disclosure of an individual’s health information. HIPAA 5010 is a new law “that regulates the electronic transmission of specific health care transactions.”

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