Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Transaction Standards Adopted Under HIPAA. Do these standards apply to transactions sent over the Internet?


Internet transactions are being treated the same as other electronic transactions. However, we recognize that there are certain transmission modes in which the format portion of the standard is inappropriate. In these cases, the transaction must conform to the data content portion of the standard. In particular, a "direct data entry" process, where the data are directly keyed by a health care provider into a health plan’s computer using dumb terminals or computer browser screens, would not have to use the format portion of the standard, but the data content must conform. If the data are directly entered into a system that is outside the health plan’s system, to be transmitted later to the health plan, the transaction must be sent using the format and content of the standard.