AHA supports proposed operating rules for administrative simplification

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The AHA supports the proposed adoption of operating rules authored by the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange for health care electronic fund transfers and electronic remittance advice, according to comments submitted today to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "We view this as an important step forward to advance administrative simplification and burden reduction," wrote Linda Fishman, AHA senior vice president of policy analysis and development. Among other actions, AHA urged CMS to take the lead in providing educational and instructional materials that clarify how to correctly associate EFT and ERA data elements, and to quickly propose adoption of an acknowledgment transaction standard to clear the way for total adoption of CORE's operating rules.

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