Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by the April 14 deadline has increased significantly among respondents to the Spring 2003 U.S. Healthcare Industry Quarterly HIPAA Compliance Survey, conducted in April by HIMSS and Phoenix Health Systems. However, survey results indicate that a lower percentage of respondents met the April 16 deadline to begin testing HIPAA Transactions and Code Sets (TCS), perhaps due to a greater emphasis on meeting the Privacy deadline and solving the ongoing technical complexities related to standardized HIPAA transactions.

Seventy-eight percent of healthcare providers claimed they were compliant with the HIPAA Privacy regulations by the April 14 deadline compared to only 9 percent of providers in the Winter 2003 survey, conducted in January. Additionally, 68 percent of payers and 47 percent of clearinghouses reported compliance in the Spring 2003 survey. This can be compared to 5 percent and 14 percent, respectively, in the Winter 2003 survey.

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