HIPAA: Company Offers Software to Meet Regulations
To help health plans and providers comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by the Oct. 16, 2002 deadline, Chantilly, Va.-based Integic has developed a "Web-based clinical documentation tool" called Clinician Assistant, the Washington Business Journal reports. Under HIPAA, health plans will be required to have the capability to conduct electronic transactions with hospitals, clinics and health care providers for all claims processing and coverage information. Clinician Assistant is designed to reduce errors in electronic recordkeeping through a coding engine and an autodictation feature. The system will help providers choose the correct HIPAA-mandated billing codes. Integic Director of Clinical Informatics Jim O'Conner said, "[Clinician Assistant] is the first Web-based clinical note writer that bridges the gap between the clinical and financial worlds." The program will be released at a trade show this month in Atlanta. Companies using the system must lease it through Newport Beach, Calif.-based Trizetto Group for a yet to be determined monthly subscription fee (Silva, Washington Business Journal, 10/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.