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Subject: Medical Design Online, feature on ebXML

TO:  MAE team

Rachel Foerster is featured in Medical Design Online, a VerticalNet site, 
talking about ebXML and the health care industry's noticable lack of 
participation.  See 
http://www.medicaldesignonline.com/content/hubs/dir.asp?hub=news .

One possible reason for the health care world's lack of participation is the 
legal requirement for health care providers and payers to comply with 
administrative simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability 
and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. HIPAA's guidelines call for 
implementing X12 transaction sets by 2002 for larger companies and 2003 for 
the little guys.  While ebXML might be the right thing to do, HIPAA is the 

Just my two Yen from someone who has hung around too many HIPAA meetings.  I 
hope everyone survived Tokyo.  Welcome back; best regards.

Alan Kotok

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