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ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION

Title II, Subtitle F, of HIPAA which authorizes HHS to: (1) adopt standards for transactions and code sets that are used to exchange health data; (2) adopt standard identifiers for health plans, health care providers, employers, and individuals for use on standard transactions; and (3) adopt standards to protect the security and privacy of personally identifiable health information.

ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION COMPLIANCE ACT

Signed into law on December 27, 2001 as Public Law 107-105, this Act provides a one-year extension to HIPAA “covered entities” (except small health plans, which already have until October 16, 2003) to meet HIPAA electronic and code set transaction requirements. Also, allows the Secretary of HHS to exclude providers from Medicare if they are not compliant with the HIPAA electronic and code set transaction requirements and to prohibit Medicare payment of paper claims received after October 16, 2003, except under certain situations.

ADMINISTRATOR

The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

ADMISSION DATE

The date the patient was admitted for inpatient care, outpatient service, or start of care. For an admission notice for hospice care, enter the effective date of election of hospice benefits.

ADMITTING DIAGNOSIS CODE

Code indicating patient's diagnosis at admission.

ADMITTING PHYSICIAN

The doctor responsible for admitting a patient to a hospital or other inpatient health facility.

ADULT LIVING CARE FACILITY

To be used when billing services rendered at a residential care facility that houses beneficiaries who cannot live alone but who do not need around-the-clock skilled medical services. The facility services do not include a medical component (Program Memo B-98-28).

ADVANCE BENEFICIARY NOTICE (ABN)

A notice that a doctor or supplier should give a Medicare beneficiary when furnishing an item or service for which Medicare is expected to deny payment.If you do not get an ABN before you get the service from your doctor or supplier, and Medicare does not pay for it, then you probably do not have to pay for it. If the doctor or supplier does give you an ABN that you sign before you get the service, and Medicare does not pay for it, then you will have to pay your doctor or supplier for it. ABN’s only apply if you are in the Original Medicare Plan. They do not apply if you are in a Medicare Managed Care Plan or Private Fee-for-Service Plan.

ADVANCE COVERAGE DECISION

A decision that your Private Fee-for-Service Plan makes on whether or not it will pay for a certain service.

ADVANCE DIRECTIVE (HEALTH CARE)

Written ahead of time, a health care advance directive is a written document that says how you want medical decisions to be made if you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. A health care advance directive may include a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for health care.