Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Transaction Standards Adopted Under HIPAA. When will the standards become effective?


All health plans, all health care clearinghouses, and any health care provider that chooses to transmit any of the transactions in electronic form must comply within 24 months after the effective date of the final rule (small health plans have 36 months). The effective date of the rule is 2 months after publication. Therefore, compliance with the final rule is required by October 2002 (October 2003 for small health plans). Entities can begin using these standards earlier than the compliance date.