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October 16, 2013

ABILITY Network Renews its EHNAC Accreditation

ABILITY Network announced recently that its accreditation with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) had been renewed on the basis of ABILITY’s compliance with privacy, security and business practices. Accreditation lasts only two years after which companies must re-apply to remain accredited by EHNAC.

Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network helps various organizations and businesses related to healthcare process data transactions securely. According to its website, ABILITY processes more data transactions with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) than any other company.

One of the ways that ABILITY helps its clients is through a portal known as myABILITY. It provides access to solutions that ABILITY offers and includes a bulletin board, resources link and video channel, ABILITYTV.

The company also provides IVANS, which provides direct data entry for Medicare processing; EASE, which helps process claims and verify Medicare eligibility and COMPLETE for verifying payer eligibility. CHOICE is used to submit claims and download remittance advice and also can be used as a tool to determine Medicare eligibility.

Simsbury, Conn.-based EHNAC is a tax exempt, 501(c)(6) organization founded in 1993 to develop standards for maintaining secure data transactions for the healthcare industry. It accredits a variety of organizations like hospitals, physicians, vendors, health networks and payers that handle healthcare data. Although it is recognized by the government for its development of standards and best practices, EHNAC is not a government entity but an organization that promotes voluntary compliance with regulations.

With the recent changes in healthcare law, Medicare has expanded and is an option for many currently shopping for insurance on exchanges that opened at the beginning of October. Technology has opened up from a PC-centric environment to one that includes a variety of mobile devices and has provided greater opportunities for malware and other security breaches. More Medicare claims will be processed and more are at risk to attacks.

It’s ironic that an industry so heavily regulated by government uses a voluntary entity like EHNAC to accredit its practices, but that may be a testament to how well the organization works.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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