Operating rules include best business practices on how electronic transactions are transmitted and often target obstacles that physician practices and health insurers have with using electronic transactions.
For instance, the rule announced today requires insurers to offer a standardized, online enrollment for EFT and ERA so that physicians and hospitals can more easily enroll with multiple health plans to receive those transactions electronically. The rule also requires health plans to send the EFT within a certain amount of days of the ERA, which helps providers reconcile their accounts more quickly.
Today’s rule, Administrative Simplification: Adoption of Operating Rules for Health Care Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) and Remittance Advice Transactions were developed through extensive discussions with industry stakeholders. The rule adopts the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare's Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CAQH CORE) Phase III EFT & ERA Operating Rule Set, including the CORE v5010 Master Companion Guide Template, with the exception of Requirement 4.2 of the Phase III CORE 350 Health Care Claim Payment/Advice (835) Infrastructure Rule. Collectively, these rules are referred to as the EFT & ERA Operating Rule Set.
The regulation announced today may be viewed at www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx and will be effective upon its publication in the Federal Register on Aug. 10, 2012. The comment period closes on Oct. 9, 2012.
The compliance date for operating rules for the health care electronic funds transfers and remittance advice transaction is Jan. 1, 2014.
A fact sheet with technical information on the rule is found at http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.