AUC Biannual Update: June 2003
The information contained in
this document represents the major activities of the Minnesota AUC for
the first six months of 2003. Any questions or concerns about the AUC
can be directed to the Minnesota Department of Health at (651) 282-5650
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 AUC Chair and Co-Chair
Ed Stroot, PreferredOne, assumed the role of AUC chair effective January
1, 2003. Co-chair in 2003 is Sue Lanigan, HealthEast.
AUC Web Site
The AUC Web site address has changed. The site is now hosted by the Minnesota
Medical Association and all the content can be found at: www.health.state.mn.us/auc.
The AUC continues to monitor progress by the Minnesota health care community
in achieving compliance with HIPAA. One of the initiatives formally launched
in early 2003 was the Minnesota HIPAA Collaborative, which involves many
AUC members. The purpose of the collaborative is to foster collaboration
among all Minnesota providers and health plans to achieve timely and cost-effective
implementation of the HIPAA transactions, codes, and identifier standards.
The collaborative is not addressing privacy or security requirements.
Additional information about the collaborative can be found on its Web
HCFA 1500 Manual
The Data Definitions Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the AUC is nearing
completion of the update to the Minnesota Standards for the Use of the
HCFA 1500 Claim Form Fifth Edition manual, which is scheduled to be published
in the fall of 2003. The updated manual will be available on the AUC website
at www.health.state.mn.us/auc or
at Minnesota’s Book Store (651) 297-3000 or (800) 657-3757.
Mental Health Authorization Form
The technical advisory group formed to create a standard paper mental
health authorization form completed its work. A copy of the form, which
all major Minnesota payers and providers have expressed voluntary willingness
to adopt, can be found on the AUC Web site at: www.health.state.mn.us/auc/mntlhlthtag.htm.
The development of an online, form-fillable version of the form is under
development and should be available soon.
Based on the language added to Minnesota State Statue Chapter 62J regarding
a standard paper remittance advice and explanation of benefits, the EOB/Remit
TAG has finalized it work on the remittance advice. It continues to work
on the recommendation for the standardized Explanation of Benefits. In
addition, they are working on the development of Remittance and EOB Implementation
Manuals. This work should be completed by October 2003. The manual will
be effective October 2004.
Dental Manual TAG
A new Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was formed by participating AUC members
from the dental community. The TAG will be developing a Dental Manual
similar to the HCFA 1500 Manual. Work on this has begun and is scheduled
to be completed by the end of this year.