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Subregulatory Guidance Overview

The Division of National Standards (DNS) Subregulatory Guidance is a line of tools designed to help HIPAA-covered entities, their partners, and the health care community comply with statutory and regulatory requirements for standards for electronic health care transactions and operating rules. These tools are identified as “Go-to” documents, and there are three different types of documents: Go-to-Guidance, Go-to-Info, and Go-to-Answers. Each type is described below.

  • “Go-to-Guidance” is the short name for HIPAA Administrative Simplification Guidance Letters. These Guidance Letters include important guidance about DNS’ interpretation of the HIPAA Administrative Simplification laws and regulations, and current thinking on how to apply these.
  • “Go-to-Info” is the short name for HIPAA Administrative Simplification Information Bulletins. Information Bulletins share information, address operational and technical issues, and highlight best practices, initiatives or related efforts.  
  • “Go-to-Answers” is the short name for the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about existing statute, regulation and policy, or technical or operational issues, to which we will continue to respond.

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DNS has created a special mailbox to receive questions, comments and feedback on Guidance Letters, Bulletins, and FAQs, and any other related matters. The address for that mailbox is AdministrativeSimplification@cms.hhs.gov.

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