Greg Anderson had two choices when he learned what states had to do to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Minnesota's supervisor of e-commerce and electronic data interchange for the Department of Human Services needed to procure a new system or redesign the current one.
Anderson chose the latter, putting Minnesota ahead of many other states in complying with the federal mandate. By October 16, states must make sure they can accept electronic information for all administrative and financial health care transactions using national standards. States may request a deadline extension but must be ready to test their systems by April 2003.
"We have taken a conservative approach," Anderson said. "We utilized proven technologies and made our current system more up-to-date. This is not leading-edge stuff, but we know it works."
Others states, such as...