Computer Billing Standard

October 1, 2000

Physicians will have to use the “ANSI ASC X12N” electronic transmission format whenever they do computerized billing.

Physicians will have to use the “ANSI ASC X12N” electronic transmission format whenever they do computerized billing. The theory is that by using a single format (ANSI is the American National Standards Institute) instead of any of the 400 or so different ones kicking around today that a health plan might mandate, life will be simpler for physicians, and practice costs will decline precipitously. Medical practices with annual receipts over $5 million must be ANSI-compliant by October 2002. Those under that ceiling have until October 2003.