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.
Health care is a more than $35 billion per year enterprise in Minnesota, generating millions of administrative transactions between health care providers, payers, intermediaries, and vendors. The Health Care Administrative Simplification Act (ASA) of 1994, Minnesota Statutes, sections 62J.50 – 62J.61, was passed to bring about greater standardization of health care administrative transactions and more electronic exchange of administrative data, to reduce administrative costs and burden.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Health Policy Division, in collaboration with advisory and standards-setting organizations, is implementing the ASA as part of ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify health care administration.
See also the fact sheet, Minnesota's Health Care Administrative Simplification Initiative (PDF)
AUC Meetings Temporarily Suspended
Due to the competing demands of the COVID pandemic, the AUC is suspending activities and meetings through at least the first quarter of 2022. There are currently no AUC meetings scheduled for 2022 and meeting information will be added when available.
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