Health Care Administrative Simplification

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 Information Policy and Transformation (CHIPT) 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, CHIPT 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)

News

September 16, 2020
New "Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding Resources" Webpage

We have created a new Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding Resources webpage to share a variety of updates and resources to help understand and implement landmark E/M office visit code changes to meet the January 1, 2021 deadline.

A quick link to this page can be found on the upper right of every AUC webpage.

August 14, 2020
AUC Meetings Converting to Microsoft Teams

Effective immediately, all Minnesota AUC meetings are converting to virtual meetings using Microsoft Teams. There will also be a phone audio (with call back feature) or mannual dial-in option available if needed.

Please see the AUC Calendar webpage for meeting schedule. Specific meeting details can be found on each TAG/Committee webpage.

July 27, 2020
Proposed Revised 837P and 837I MUCG Rules Published
(with 30-day comment period through August 26, 2020)
July 15, 2020
July Issue of the AUC Monthly Newsletter Now Available

Minnesota AUC Newsletter - July 2020

Please let us know any comments or suggestions at health.auc@state.mn.us.

June 23, 2020
Enforcement and Exception Provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 62J.536 During the Covid-19 Pandemic Response

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic emergency, Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-32 (PDF) on April 8, 2020 authorizing the Commissioner of Health to temporarily delay, waive, or modify a number of provisions in law and applicable rules. Recently this authorization was extended to apply if necessary to the enforcement and exception provisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536, Subdivisions 2a and 2b and related rules. Use of the authorization may be necessary for example in the event that Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) staff responsible for administering MS §62J.536 have been reassigned to the Covid-19 response effort.

At this time, the regular ongoing enforcement of Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536 and related rules is continuing unchanged. If the authorization above to temporarily delay, waive, or modify the MS §62J.536 requirements is invoked, that information will be posted on the MDH Health Care Administrative Simplification webpage, and communicated through additional means.

Questions?

Please contact:

David Haugen
MDH Administrative Simplification Program Director
david.haugen@state.mn.us

May 28, 2020
AUC Meetings for June and July are Cancelled

Due to the competing demands of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AUC meetings scheduled for June and July -- including the Operations Committee and all Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meetings -- have been cancelled.

See the AUC Calendar webpage for the most current information on all AUC meetings.

May 22, 2020
Informational Resource Regarding Recent Changes in Telemedicine Coverage, Coding, and Reimbursement

Informational resource regarding recent changes in telemedicine coverage, coding, and reimbursement posted on the AUC COVID-19 Updates webpage.

The new informational issue brief (PDF) summarizes recent temporary expanded access to and coverage of telehealth/telemedicine services by three jurisdictions/payers: The federal Medicare Program; Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) (e.g., Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare); and Minnesota health insurance products and offerings subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 62A.671.

March 27, 2020
New "AUC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates" Webpage

We have created a new AUC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage to share a variety of COVID-19 related CMS billing and coding instructions.

A quick link to this page can be found on the upper right of every AUC webpage.

Archive of news and notices posted on the ASA website.

Updated Wednesday, 16-Sep-2020 09:21:07 CDT