Frequently Asked Questions About Electronic Transaction Standards Adopted Under HIPAA. Where did these standards come from? Did the Federal Government create them?


HIPAA required the Secretary to adopt standards, when possible, that have been developed by private sector standards development organizations (SDOs) accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These are not government agencies. All of the transactions adopted by this rule are from such organizations. All are from the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12N except the standards for retail pharmacy transactions, which are from the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP).