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Health Care Claim or Equivalent Encounter Information

Under HIPAA, HHS adopted standards for electronic transactions, including for health care claim or equivalent encounter information.

The health care claims or equivalent encounter information transaction includes either of the following:

  • A request to obtain payment, and the necessary accompanying information from a health care provider to a health plan, for health care
  • The transmission of encounter information for the purpose of reporting health care, if there is no direct claim

HIPAA Adopted Standards

In January 2009, HHS adopted Version 5010 of the ASC X12N 837 for health care claim or equivalent encounter information.

For pharmacy claims, HHS adopted NCPDP Telecommunications Standard Version D.0. 

These standards apply to all HIPAA-covered entities, health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers, not just those who work with Medicare or Medicaid.

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