Health Care Administrative Simplification

The Health Care Administrative Simplification Act (ASA) of 1994 was enacted to bring about greater standardization and electronic exchange of health care administrative transactions, to reduce administrative costs and burden.

As part of the Act, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)'s Center for Health Care Purchasing Improvement (CHCPI) develops and administers rules for the standard, electronic exchange of health care administrative transactions, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536. These rules are commonly referred to as the “Minnesota Uniform Companion Guides.” This work is being undertaken in consultation with a large, voluntary stakeholder organization, the Minnesota Administrative Uniformity Committee (AUC). In addition, CHCPI is also undertaking or assisting with other MDH health care reform and administrative simplification efforts.

See also the fact sheet, Minnesota's Health Care Administrative Simplification Initiative (PDF: 318KB/4pgs)


April 2, 2014

new Delay in ICD-10 implementation signed into law 4/1/2014; impacts on Minnesota health care "e-billing" requirements being evaluated

Please note:

  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) administers Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536 and related rules requiring the standard, electronic exchange of health care business transactions.  The state’s mandates build upon related federal requirements, including requirements for ICD-10 coding.
  • In October 2013, MDH published a bulletin to comply with federal deadlines for ICD-10 (PDF: 262KB/1pgs) that were current at the time, stating that ICD-10 coding must be used for health care dates of service on or after October 1, 2014.
  • However, yesterday (April 1, 2014) President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (HR 4302) with a provision that delays the implementation of ICD-10 coding from October 1, 2014 to no sooner than October 1, 2015.
  • In view of the recent enactment of HR 4302 into law, additional guidance is needed at this time from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a new ICD-10 implementation date and other guidance for implementing ICD-10.
  • MDH will continue to closely monitor the situation, and to coordinate with CMS for any possible updates to the instructions in our October 2013 bulletin.

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December 31, 2013

v8.0 Minnesota Uniform Companion Guides (MUCGs) Now Available - v8.0 Supersedes all previous versions, effective January 31, 2014
As announced in the December 30, 2013 Minnesota State Register, Volume 38, Number 38 (PDF: 236KB/30pgs) the five v8.0 MUCGs below have been adopted into rule, effective January 31, 2014. Version 8.0 will supersede all previous versions, and provide instructions and information for the standard, electronic exchange of health care administrative transactions pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536.

New v8.0 MUCGs (rules) effective January 31, 2014:



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Updated Tuesday, 22-Jul-2014 11:50:26 CDT